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Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 Champagne 75cl
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The House owns an impressive 164 hectares of vineyards, of which 85% are Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines. Their land is spread over seven main vineyards: Aÿ, Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay planted with Pinot Noir; Cuis with Chardonnay; and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Bollinger are one of the few Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House's vineyards and defines the House style: complex and powerful with remarkable structure.
Cellar Master: Gilles Descôtes
Winery Location: Aÿ | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Vallée de la Marne
Annual Production (bottles): 2,500,000
In 1976, Bollinger Vintage was re-named Grande Année. Then in 1997, it became La Grande Année - 'The Great Year' - 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 is entirely fermented in oak barrel and is produced from fourteen crus: 91% Grand Cru and 9% Premier Cru. 2008 is the first vintage of La Grande Année to be bottled in the new '1846' bottle which is to replicate a small magnum. This bottle has been completely redesigned, inspired by a 19th-century bottle discovered in the Bollinger cellars which dates back to 1846. The idea in using the curved shape of the bottle is to aim for the perfect balance of a “small magnum” with a narrower neck and a wider base, to very slightly slow down the oxygen exchange and therefore give a better quality wine with longer ageing potential.
Vinification takes place exclusively in small old oak barrels (20 years old on average), maintained in Bollinger’s cooperage, of which there are almost 3,500. Riddling and disgorging are performed entirely by hand, and take place after ageing on the lees in bottles with natural corks.
Weather: After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.
Vineyards: 91% Grand Cru, 9% Premier Cru | Pinot Noir: Aÿ, Verzenay | Chardonnay: Avize, Cramant, Oger
Grape Varieties: 71% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay
Ageing: 9+ years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030
Tasting Note: The delicate colour of this champagne characterises both the wine's maturity and Bollinger's winemaking methods. On the nose, initial scents of almonds and fleshy fruits such as mango combine with citrus notes and grapefruit. On the palate, the citrus notes continue and lead the way for honeyed flavours and a long lasting refreshing finish. A champagne that will age really well.
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The house of Champagne Bollinger 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. A great soldier who shone during the American War of Independence, he inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ region. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in any sort of trade.
Upon meeting Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who left his country to learn about the Champagne wine trade and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine, the firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Joseph managed sales and Paul took charge of the cellar. Athanase had founded a Champagne House that was to endure through the centuries.
Today, Bollinger own 164 hectares of vineyards, of which 85% are Grand and Premier Cru, spread over seven main villages: Avenay, Aÿ, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay planted with Pinot Noir, Cuis with Chardonnay and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Bollinger are one of the few Champagne Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House’s vineyards, and this is the predominant grape in their Special Cuvée blend. Complex and powerful, the black grape variety produces Bollinger champagnes with remarkable structure.
Another unique character of Bollinger wines is that the best Crus are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,000 small oak casks. The House allows its wine to mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement as they believe that great champagne needs time to develop its full character.
Another of Bollinger’s distinctive features are two plots, the Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres, which have never succumbed to phylloxera, the disease which ravaged almost all of the champagne growing area in the early 20th century. These ungrafted vines are entirely tended by hand and reproduced using a form of layering called provignage, thereby providing the means to preserve this extraordinary heritage from which the very exclusive Vieilles Vignes Françaises Cuvée is produced.
Bollinger never yields to the easy option: wherever ancestral techniques have proved to guarantee the highest quality they are preserved, however challenging this choice might prove. With hand riddling, reserve magnums and vintage cuvées stoppered with natural corks and a resident cooper the House proudly perpetuates ancient skills and valuable crafts. Bollinger is the first Champagne House to obtain the highly respected Patrimoine Vivant (living heritage) seal of quality which rewards exceptional craftsmanship and skill.
In 2008, for the first time in its history, the House placed its future into the care of a Chairman who was not a family member. Their choice fell on Jérôme Philipon, a Champagne region native who had lead and impressive career in large industrial groups including Coca-Cola Enterprises. The choice might be unexpected but Champagne Bollinger has never hesitated to reject conformity for the good of the House and its champagne production.
With support of the Bollinger family, Jérôme Philipon has extended his predecessor’s programme of modernisation and investment. The House has continued to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies for the future development of the brand, both in terms of quality and commercial growth.