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Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 Champagne

More vintages: 2005, 2007The Bollinger Champagne House has created prestigious champagnes with character, distinguished by their elegance and complexity, since 1829. The story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family. He inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ region. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne. Upon meeting Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who left his country to learn about Champagne, and Paul Renaudin, a local man fascinated by the world of wine, the firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Owning 164 hectares of vineyards of which 85% are Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines, Bollinger is one of the few champagne Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends.

In 1976, Bollinger Vintage became Grande Année; then, in 1997, "La" Grande Année... A name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status: because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. La Grande Année made its screen débuts two years later, in James Bond's Casino Royale. This vintage was entirely fermented in barrels and is produced from 13 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay - 95% Grand Crus and 5% Premier Crus were used. At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become vintage: 2002 is renowned for being one of the best harvests in the last 20 years. Near perfect growing conditions allowed for a large and exceptionally good harvest.

A champagne with extreme layers of fruit and floral notes. On the nose it has a powerful fruit element, that continues through to the palate. Aromatic and creamy tastes adds to a long lasting finish.

Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Dosage: 6 g/L

Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 Champagne does not have a branded gift box and will be delivered in our own TFB gift box.

Read full tasting write up from October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW

Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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Bollinger La Grande Année,
Sep 2016
“60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Disgorged November 2011. RS 6 g/l.
Tasted blind. Savoury and cheesy and interesting on the nose. Very distinctive. Exciting and very deep flavoured. Very confident and multi-layered. In the prime of life. Not heavy – sufficiently racy. Clean and neat. A firm cast-iron framework. Impressive. Very long.”,
May 2016
“Originally this wine showed an edge of austerity and bitterness over the powerful, compressed core. The R.D. showed more charm upon launch. Tasted in magnum only in May 2016: a mild earthy-mineral oxidative note but under control. Spice, vanilla, apple, apple pie. Long and firm, zesty but laudably harmonious. Points for magnum.”,
Nov 2015
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“Since the year 1990 made vintage wines from Bollinger in a little fruitier more persikodoftande style with slightly less pronounced smokiness and nuttiness. I was always more impressed initially by the previous style, but it feels like the differences even out over time. 2002 is very fruity and a little slippery at the moment, but I am convinced that the fruitiness will be low, and that we will see a deeper beauty over time. Fantastic in magnum.”,
Nov 2012
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“60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Pale gold. Very sumptuous nose. Inspirationally serious. Layers and dry with enormous tightness and very tiny bead. Something almost beery about the yeast element. You could definitely enjoy this already but there is also massive potential. Very dry finish. Uncompromising. You wouldn’t give this to a beginner. Long, peacock’s tail finish.” ,
Dec 2011
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“The 2002 Brut La Grande Année is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Année that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Année with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of heaviness at all. A rich, creamy finish adds the final note of complexity and pedigree. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 71% from Grand Cru villages and 29% from Premier Crus. Disgorged February 2011.”
Bought directly from Bollinger through their UK agent Mentzendorff, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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