Bollinger 2003

Vintage from Champagne, France

Item No. 99945
  • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
  • collectible wine
  • W&S94
  • WS94
  • WE92
Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

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.

Critical Acclaim

"Inviting and seductive, this opulent Champagne features plenty of mineral, toast, butterscotch, citrus and vanilla pastry flavors, matched to a lush texture. It’s a bubbly you can relax into, like a plush pillow, yet has surprising length. Drink now through 2020"
94 Points

"Burgundian complexity is there from the moment this wine is first poured, and it is a wine as much as a Champagne, with remarkable balance given the extreme conditions of 2003. The firm's vineyards were hit with a spring frost, hail in June and excessive heat in summer. Bollinger blended pinot noir from Ay and Verzenay with chardonnay from Cuis to produce a wine that translates the vintage power and intensity into symphonic breadth. It has graceful length, a contrast of dark spice (enhanced by fermentation in older oak barrels) and pure limestone whiteness, the rasp of apple skin and the sweetness of vanilla. Delicious to drink, this is a concentrated, main-course wine for poulet de Bresse braised with truffles. "
94 Points

"This young vintage is outside the usual Grande Année range of vintages. Bollinger sees the unique heat of 2003 as a reason to make a special vintage for release early. The wine is rich, but being Bollinger, the richness has translated into the full character of the house style. It is relatively dry, packed with white fruits. Not for aging. Drink now."
92 Points

"This new wine is unusual in every regard, from the label on the bottle to the wine inside it -- and even the vintage itself.

Pale gold color with pinpoint bubbles. Chalk and mineral notes provide an appealing foundation for an expansive second layer of red apple and citrus. Mineral aspects spread across the palate with pleasant notes of citrus and fresh bread dough. Underpinning these qualities is a firm, solid structure and bracing acidity. An elegant and powerful wine that offers satisfying drinking now over the next five years. "
92 Points

"Bright gold with a strong mousse. Deep, complex displays smoky apple, peach pit, buttered toast and vanilla bean scents. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors are complemented by baking spices, floral honey and a hint of candied ginger. Deep, creamy, powerful and focused, with very good finishing lift and a lingering note of bitter pear skin. This is already complex enough to enjoy; serve it with a rich shellfish dish or with a young creamy cheese. "
90 Points

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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...

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