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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Champagne 2002
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Champagne 2002
(search item no. 112034)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $129.00

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
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
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 95 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:

La Grande Année is the Prestige Cuvée of Champagne Bollinger. It is only produced when exceptional quality harvests occur, and is the expression of Bollinger's know-how. More than the illustration of the vintage particularity, La Grande Année is the result of the Bollinger style, of its exceptional "terroir" and traditional wine making techniques. La Grande Année develops a beautiful rounded structure and combines rich, complex and intense aromas, the expression of which changes according to the characteristics of the vintage.

Slightly pinkish, or rose gold color which shows the maturity of the wine. Aromas of rhubarb, stone fruits, toasty with notes of exotic spices. The bubble is very present but silky (proof of the lengthy aging on lees).

The grapes come exclusively from Grands and Premiers Crus. The blend of La Grande Année 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.

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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.