White - Sparkling

2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

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Community Tasting Notes 436

  • jmoon Likes this wine: 96 points

    September 22, 2020 - Absolutely superb. Deep rich brioche flavours, still firm acids, real texture and depth. At peak, first hints of oxidisation beginning to show so I doubt it will improve. Fantastic now, why wait.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • spendergast Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 19, 2020 - Very nicely balanced champagne with notes of lemon, green apple, minerals, pear.

  • Gas Station Wine Guy Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 17, 2020 - Palate- brioche-yeast with some apples, lots of acidity & minerality with some citrus- lemony notes in a full bodied wine with a mile long finish. It took about 30 minutes to fully open, but it blossomed into a stunning wine. It's a shame a few of these have been corked or oxidized.

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  • aZzaZz Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 14, 2020 - Very rich and bold champagne, drinking very well. We had some fruit flavours, apricot along side the mineral and full structure. Very enjoyable.

  • dream Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 28, 2020 - This is very rich and intense Champagne with delicious flavors of yeasty bread and clove-like spices. Superb cut and acidity but also showing some mature flavors with notes of spices and sweet minerals. Really drinking well now and best after 1-hour open.

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    4/1/2019 (link)

    (Bollinger, La Grande Année Brut Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson
    9/21/2016 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2015, Issue #57, The June 2015 Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Tales From Two Weeks In the Region in April

    (Bollinger Grande Année Brut Millésime (Aÿ) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, The 2014 Champagne Addendum Round Two of Some Absolutely Superb Sparkling Wines

    (Bollinger “Grande Année” Brut Millésime (Aÿ) served from magnum) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • Report 34: Champagne Revisited, 12/1/2012 (link)

    (Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Champagne) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/21/2012 (link)

    (Bollinger, La Grande Année Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

Burghound

  • By Allen Meadows
    October 2012, Issue #48 (link)

    (Bollinger Brut - La Grande Année Villages White) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2011) (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/10/2011 (link)

    (Bollinger, La Grande Année Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/12/2011 (link)

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Champagne Warrior

  • By Brad Baker
    September 2011, Issue #12, Champagne Tasting Notes

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/29/2011 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/26/2010 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/13/2010 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/17/2012 (link) 94 points

    (Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année) Light yellow color with few, tiny bubbles; very appealing, floral, tart pear, peach nose; creamy textured, floral, tart pear, peach, mineral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/1/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année) Light green-tinged yellow color; tart lime, baked lemon, yeasty nose; tart lime, mineral, fresh lemon palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011 (link) 19 points

    (Bollinger La Grande Année) Already a year since I last tasted this - how time flies! A rich, lemon-gold hue. The bead is small to moderate in size, and settles down quite quickly in the glass. This is still hugely impressive aromatically, and although there are still some minerally tones here it also shows an intense glycerine-tinged fruit style, all yellow plum and star fruit, swirled with almond marzipan richness and citrus zest. It has a very clean rather than a classic, overtly oxidative Bollinger style, but there's some likelihood this will develop with time in bottle. The palate is just remarkable, rich and broad yet incredibly bright and incisive, with polished lemony citrus fruit, layered with stone fruit and clean nutty tones, which gives such a subtle and stylish impression with the acidity. This seems for all the world like grand cru Burgundy with bubbles, substantial yet vigorous, minerally, and a long fading finish. Fabulous and very clean, with beautful sappy strength in the finish. Great balance.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/20/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année) Light yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles; tart pear, tart apple nose; tasty, ripe pear, apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/26/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année) Light yellow color; yeasty, tart apple, poached pear nose; tasty, yeasty, tart apple, poached pear, chalk palate; medium-plus finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2012 (link) 19 points

    (Bollinger La Grande Année) A moderately rich hue, concentrated but not overly golden or advanced. Ad a plentiful bead, the bubbles coursing throughout the wine. The nose has a less overt oxidative character than I would consider classic for Bollinger, but increasingly I find I prefer more reductive Champagnes so I'm not in the least bit concerned by this. The nose has notes of golden, desiccated fruits, with almonds and a little hint of buttery, pastry richness. This is a confidently styled wine and that shows on the palate which carries the richness suggested by the nose, but balanced and underpinned by a great, grippy backbone, and tangibly sour acidity which comes though on the finish. This is still, structurally, a very young wine, although I find the flavour profile currently presented extraordinarily enticing. One of Bollinger's greatest vintages in recent years for sure.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Bollinger
  • Varietal Champagne Blend
  • Designation La Grande Année
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne
  • UPC Codes 012086607912, 086891075587, 3052853079389, 9300601415601

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 268 (3%)
  • In Cellars 4,402 (55%)
  • Consumed 3,407 (42%)

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Community Recommendations

Aperitif, Caviar, Duck, Fish, Fish and chips, loach ambassadeur with champagne sauce & mashed potatoes, Lobster, Many bottle drunk around this time. Not particularly enjoying them. Thought it has aged too much., Poultry, Shellfish

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