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Date Printed: 4/19/2015
Bollinger  2003
Bollinger 2003
(search item no. 99945)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2015: $99.00

Winemaker's Notes:

What makes "2003 by Bollinger" so Special? A late freeze, followed by damaging storms and one of the hottest summers on record allowed the vines to ripen only a very few grapes at a time creating the earliest harvest in Champagne since 1822. The grapes come from our three most historic vineyards in Aÿ, Verzenay and Cuis, which in exceptional years would supply La Grande Année, but in this truly unique vintage display the variation that weather plays despite the same vinification process.

Light Straw. Light citrus and Gala apples with a subtle hint of Marcona almonds.

A smooth mousse, with crisp red apples notes followed by a very subtle nuttiness in the finish. This one of a kind wine displays the exceptional qualities of the 2003 vintage as made in the traditional Bollinger style.

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About Champagne Bollinger:

In 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe have coveted ever since. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained that trademark style, and Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marque houses to be owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.

With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own estate for nearly two-thirds of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir that gives its Champagne its distinctive roundness and elegance. Bollinger is one of a select few houses that can control the quality of its grape supply so carefully.

Bollinger is renowned for its stringent quality standards. It adheres to traditional methods, including individual vinification of each marc and cru, barrel fermentation (it is the last Champagne house to employ a full-time cooper) and extra-aging on the lees prior to disgorgement.

Members of the British Royal Court were among the first to embrace Bollinger’s unmistakable quality, and Queen Victoria made Bollinger the exclusive purveyor to the Court by Royal Warrant in 1884. Besides royalty, loyal devotees have included heads of state, celebrities and even famous fictional characters: Agent 007, James Bond, demands the exclusive Champagne Bollinger.