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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Champagne 2004
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Champagne 2004
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $139.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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:

The delicate blush and old gold colors of the 2004 La Grande Annee are a sign of maturity and of Bollinger's winemaking skills. Its aromas are a testimony to the barrels it's aged in: toasted bread and brandied fruit, plus notes of exotic spices, rhubarb and stone fruit. The bubbles are powerful yet soft and there is remarkable structure and length on the palate.

Blend: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% 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.