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Bollinger Champagne La Grande Annee 2004

Bollinger Champagne La Grande Annee 750ML 2004        
Sku: 50733

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.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 93 points (Nov 2013)
All that having been noted, it is Kaufmann and then-director Ghislain de Montgolfier who can take responsibility for the success that is Bollingers 2004 Brut Grande Annee, a bottling that, in marrying the restraint associated with young wines from this house with that of a relatively cool and copious but ultimately fascinating vintage, has rendered a work of subtle intrigue and refinement that will merit a dozen or more years attention. Quite pale in color and with unexpectedly green-gold shimmering, this two-thirds Pinot Noir cuvee displays alluringly silken texture and refinement of mousse as well as delicacy. Fresh white peach, yellow tomato, lime, and rhubarb offer subtly tart, brightly juicy succulence, and a mingling of chalk and sweet-saline oyster liquor serves for saliva-inducement in a long finish tinged with lightly toasted grains and nuts. It will be good to return next year to Bollinger, one of the houses I visited on my first day in Champagne 30 years ago and a longtime favorite; but for 2014, I was forced by press of time and complications of scheduling to limit myself to tasting a single new release. Early this year, dozen-year veteran Bollinger chef de cave Mathieu Kauffmann unexpectedly announced his resignation to join Reichsrat von Buhl (part of recently deceased Achim Niederbergers plan for renewing that venerable Pfalz estate, inter alia through increased attention to its already impressive sparkling wine program), and in June Bollingers director Jerome Philipon announced that Kaufmanns former right-hand, Gilles Descotes, would succeed him.
 Wine Spectator 94 points (Jun 5 2013)
Firm, with well-cut acidity and a fine texture, this is aromatic, delivering a skein of ground spice and graphite notes that mesh seamlessly with the flavors of black currant, black cherry, toasted almond, financier, honey and smoky mineral. Offers a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024. From France.—A.N.

Technical notes
The blend of Grande Année 1996 The grape supply comes only from grands crus and premiers crus vineyards of Champagne. 16 crus were used in the assemblage of the Grande Année 1996, 75 % from grands crus and 25 % from premiers crus. These were mainly from the villages of A˙, Bouzy, Louvois, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-A˙, Mesnil s/Oger, Oger, Cuis, Cramant and Chouilly. The blend of Grande Année 1996 is made of 70 % pinot noir 30 % chardonnay

Food pairing
Foie gras, fresh or pan-fried Grilled fish, with or without sauce, lobster Roast lamb or veal Parmesan or Comte

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Country: France
Region: Champagne
Grape Varietal: Champagne Blend
Type: Sparkling
 
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