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View From the Cellar

i-WineReview.com

JancisRobinson.com

Burghound

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2011), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bollinger Brut La Grande Annee) Login and sign up and see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bollinger La Grande Annee) Login and sign up and see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

Champagne Warrior

JancisRobinson.com

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bollinger La Grande Annee) Login and sign up and see review text.

ChampagneGuide.net

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/17/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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.

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