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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Champagne (3L) 1996
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Champagne (3L) 1996
(search item no. 81988)
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $432.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine News rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1992 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1992 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The House of Bollinger only produces vintage champagnes in exceptional years, when the grapes have reached a perfect quality and maturity with a perfect balance between the acids and sugars. Hence the denomination "Grande Année" given to this champagne which, unlike the "Special Cuvée", is only produced from grapes of that particular harvest.

The Bollinger Grande Année remains, however, a blended wine from crus and grape varieties. In this sense it too carries the expression of the House style. However, in this case, the style is also dependent on the characteristics of the given vintage. It is the best wine Bollinger can produce in an individual year by exposing its particular character.

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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.