Checkout Allows Multi-Address
& Multi Person Drops
+
Same Day London Delivery
From £10.44
+
Free 2 Day Delivery
On £250+ or 6 bottles (UK Mainland)
+
Wrapping, Cards
& Messages
+
Worldwide Shipping
From £30.00
+
In Bond Sales
Store with us or Transfer
+
Average Review Score: 4.9
* * * * *
Average Review Score: 4.9
* * * * *
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008

Mix 12
£218.00
Mix 6
£220.00
Per Bottle
£224.00
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008
Available Tue 23rd Apr Same Day, cost based on mileage from Islington
- Time Left to Order
Next Working Day from £8 Available Wed 24th Apr
- Time Left to Order

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 Overview

-
Champagne Bollinger owns an impressive 178 hectares of vineyards, of which 85% are in Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages. Their land is spread over seven main villages: Aÿ, Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay planted with Pinot Noir; Cuis with Chardonnay; and Champvoisy with 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. In 2012 Champagne Bollinger was certified High Environment Value (HEV) this certification rewards a number of environmental procedures implemented at the Maison.

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. 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.

Technical Information:
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
Disgorged: June 2018
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: 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.
Champagne Bollinger History
+
Expert Reviews
98/100
Richard Juhlin
“Of the three bottles I so devotedly enjoyed before the rest of the journalism world had time to pounce on this rare treasure, two were somewhat tied up initially in the scent while the third showed off the impressive peacock's tail in its full glory at once. Regardless of the development phase, this is a regal and heroic Bollinger characterized by restrained power and energetic energy. I love meeting this untouched force and carefully analyzing its sublime elements, but at the same time I have to admit that we are dealing with a real "vin de garde" that will not reach its maximum capacity before its 25th birthday. The structure is impressive, based of course on the high acidity of the vintage in the first place. This very high acidity means that the other building blocks can appear as subordinate, but they have a great wealth of both oak embossed secondary aromas and flaunted dark fruit. At present, the aromatic spectrum is characterized by fresh hazelnuts from Piedmont, green apples, chalky minerals and perfumed orange blossom. Buy a case of 12 and follow its aromatic journey to heaven if you get the chance.”
97+/100
William Kelley
“Bollinger's 2008 La Grande Année is superb, wafting from the glass with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, ripe lemons, honeycomb, warm biscuits, dried white flowers and a delicate top note of walnuts and fino sherry. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a beautifully refined mousse, superb concentration at the tightly wound core, incisive acids and a supremely elegant intermingling of Bollinger's oxidative stylistic signatures with fresh, vibrant fruit. The finish is long, precise and chalky. This is a Grande Année built for the cellar—the real excitement will come with a bit more bottle age—but this is already a thrilling Champagne in the making. Finished with eight grams per liter dosage, it was disgorged by hand in July 2018. This is also the first vintage of Grande Année to be bottled in Bollinger's new narrower-necked 1846 bottle, which should make for a slower evolving wine.”
95 → 97/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Ripe fruity yet at the same time elegant nose with stylish restraint promising longevity. Golden delicious apples, biscuits and lemon alongside complex spicy tones. Lovely creaminess on the fresh and linear palate that finishes with a bite of mineral salinity. The tension and playfulness on the palate is its most attractive feature. Long and intense, yet light-weight palate finishing fresh with its 8g/l dosage (November 2018 disgorgement). Really satisfying already in the 75cl bottle, which benefits from the new bottle shape with narrower neck for “magnum effect”. But as always at Bollinger, the larger formats just sing bringing an attractive, complementary reductive toasty complexity. And of course the mousses in both magnum (96p->98p) and jeroboam (97p -> 99p) are ultra fine. This should have been a bigger quantity vintage for Bollinger and probably plenty will be held back as R.D. So prepare for a shortage of it.”
17.5++/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Magnum - Dense nose with some of the really dry Bollinger savour on the palate. This is a wine, like so many Bollingers, that really needs time in the glass to open out – and indeed time in the bottle to develop to its full potential. This is an extremely dry-tasting wine, even though the dosage was 8 g/l, higher than usual because of the extremely low pH, 2.92. Very Bollinger but, for the moment, by no means a charmer. ”
97/100
Antonio Galloni
“Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per liter.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged July 2018. Tasted blind.
The lightest of these, the most evanescent. Some astringency on the end. Rather loose-textured and the least developed in this blind tasting with, apparently, not that much persistence. Very embryonic. 12% ”
See All Reviews
+
* * * * *
Moira
“First Class Service. Bought and delivered within 2 hours.. Well done.”
News Articles
  1. Champagne Vintage Guide by Essi Avellan

    Champagne Vintage Guide by Essi Avellan

    February 28, 2024

    Ever wondered what makes a good vintage and which years were the best in Champagne? This is the Champagne Vintage Guide, their overall ratings according to Essi Avellan MW and the best releases of the Vintage year.
  2. Sustainability the Bollinger way

    Sustainability the Bollinger way

    March 13, 2023

    Moving towards a sustainable future, Bollinger is now formally including commitments in the brand in the 'Bollinger way'
  3. New Release: Bollinger PN VZ16 NV

    New Release: Bollinger PN VZ16 NV

    June 21, 2021

    Today sees the next edition in this new line-up. PN VZ16 is the second interpretation in a new series that will be released every year, always with a focus on one of Bollinger’s Pinot Noir crus.
  4. New Release: Bollinger Special Cuvee 007 Limited Edition NV

    New Release: Bollinger Special Cuvee 007 Limited Edition NV

    September 30, 2020

    In celebration of over 40 years of partnership as the Official Champagne of 007 and the upcoming film No Time To Die, Champagne Bollinger has produced a limited edition gift box that brings together three icons: Bollinger’s signature Special Cuvée, the Aston Martin DB5 and James Bond.
  5. Bollinger PN VZ15 - New Release

    Bollinger PN VZ15 - New Release

    July 20, 2020

    How Bollinger’s new PN VZ 15 is a glorious deep-dive into terroir - Written by Anne Krebiehl MW for The-Buyer.Net The new Bollinger PN VZ 15 releases on 21st July 2020
  6. Bollinger: Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

    Bollinger: Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

    March 1, 2020

    During a visit to the house of Bollinger in Aÿ last year, we explored champagnes from some of the region's hottest ever vintages, dating as far back as 1947. We also held a mini-vertical of Special Cuvée base vintages, tasted a trio of R.D.s and had a look at the new Coteaux Champenois.
  7. Bollinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Bollinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 19, 2019

    Shortly after the 2018 harvest, Bollinger Chef de Cave Gilles Descôtes declared that "2017 was the worst harvest of my life and 2018 is the best". We visited the house in Aÿ to taste the base wines and also tasted some of the rarer grape varieties, such as Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Gris.
  8. New: Bollinger La Grande Année 2008

    New: Bollinger La Grande Année 2008

    April 11, 2019

    Yesterday, Bollinger launched their latest vintage champagne, La Grande Année 2008. From the vintage of the century and with a redesigned bottle that decelerates oxygen exchange, this could be their best yet. We compared it in bottle, magnum and jeroboam at The Ledbury in London.
  9. LIVE Bollinger Tasting and Q&A

    LIVE Bollinger Tasting and Q&A

    March 1, 2019

    On Wednesday 6th March 2019, we’ll be going LIVE on Instagram TV with Bollinger winemaker Karl Reuter, who'll be guiding us through a tasting of six Bollinger champagnes and answering questions put to him by the live audience.
  10. Bollinger: 2016.... The Next 1988?

    Bollinger: 2016.... The Next 1988?

    April 12, 2017

    The difficult 2016 vintage appears to have been kind to Champagne Bollinger. We tasted the Vins Clairs at the winery in Aÿ last month and the house are optimsitic - even drawing likeness to the magnificent 1988 vintage! We judged for ourselves...
More Bollinger Champagnes
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut
Single Price
£52.00
Mix 6 Price
£50.00 each
Mix 12 Price
£48.00 each
Pinot Noir dominant blend partially barrel fermented
Bollinger Rose Brut
Single Price
£59.00
Mix 6 Price
£57.00 each
Mix 12 Price
£55.00 each
New Cuvee First Release in 2008
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV + 2 Glasses Gift Set
Single Price
£82.00
Mix 6 Price
£78.00 each
Mix 12 Price
£76.00 each
75cl of Special Cuvee + 2 elegant glasses, a perfect gift
Filters >
Wines for Same Day or Next Day Delivery - All Wines Are Here
White
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Single
£26.00
Mix 6
£25.00 each
Mix 12
£24.00 each
Fruit Driven & no oak Great Apertif
Villa Maria Noble Riesling Reserve 2021
Single
£26.00
Lightly sweet & refreshing aperitif/desert
Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico 2019
Single
£32.00
Mix 6
£31.00 each
Mix 12
£30.00 each
Single Vineyard Soave, stunning richly textured
St Aubin En Vesvau Domaine du Chateau Philippe le Hardi 2019
Single
£35.00
Mix 6
£34.00 each
Mix 12
£33.00 each
Stunning Chardonnay Bordering Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet
Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard  Chardonnay 1.5m 2019
Single
£36.00
Mix 6
£35.00 each
Mix 12
£34.00 each
Lightly Oak Stunning Fruit
Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2020
Single
£36.00
Mix 6
£34.00 each
Mix 12
£32.00 each
Rich Fruit & Nice Touch Vanilla Oak Charm
Louis Jadot Ladoix Le Clou D'Orge Blanc 2019
Single
£36.00
Mix 6
£34.00 each
Mix 12
£32.00 each
Ladoix is a village located to the north of Cote de Beaune
Danbury Ridge Chardonnay 2021 English
Single
£37.00
Mix 6
£35.00 each
Mix 12
£33.00 each
England's Top Still Winery Touch of Oak
Louis Jadot Savigny-Les-Beaune Clos des Guettes Blanc 1er Cru 2019
Single
£38.00
Mix 6
£36.00 each
Mix 12
£34.00 each
Les Guettes is located in the middle of Savigny-les-Beaune
Louis Jadot Couvent des Jacobins Bourgogne Blanc 2019
Single
£48.00
Cote dOr, Chalonnais and Vire-Clesse best vineyards
Danbury Ridge Chardonnay Octagon Block 2020 English
Single
£64.00
Mix 6
£62.00 each
Mix 12
£60.00 each
Top producer single vineyard Chardonnay
Louis Jadot Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru 2019
Single
£86.00
Mix 6
£82.00 each
Mix 12
£80.00 each
Top village for Meursault with subtle oak charm
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay 2012
Single
£88.00
Mix 6
£84.00 each
Mix 12
£72.00 each
Aged in Francois Freres French oak barrels
Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 1er Cru 2015
Single
£94.00
Mix 6
£90.00 each
Mix 12
£88.00 each
Stunning Fruit Concentration & Toasty Oak Notes
Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2001
Single
£166.00
Mix 6
£162.00 each
Mix 12
£160.00 each
One of the most famous names of Sauternes
Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016
Single
£214.00
Mix 6
£210.00 each
Mix 12
£208.00 each
Oldest owned vineyard by Louis Jadot since XIXth century
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1996
Single
£400.00
Mix 6
£396.00 each
Mix 12
£394.00 each
Top Vintage of Worlds Greatest Dessert Wine
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2001
Single
£800.00
Mix 6
£796.00 each
Mix 12
£794.00 each
Top Vintage of Worlds Greatest Dessert Wine
Rose
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2021
Single
£22.00
Mix 6
£20.00 each
Mix 12
£19.00 each
The perfect Rose for the summer!
Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel 2021
Single
£28.00
Mix 6
£26.00 each
Mix 12
£24.00 each
A truly outstanding rose
Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rose 2020
Single
£34.00
Mix 6
£32.00 each
Mix 12
£30.00 each
A delicious fuller bodied rose
Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rose 2021
Single
£36.00
Mix 6
£34.00 each
Mix 12
£32.00 each
A delicious fuller bodied rose
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2022
Single
£44.00
Mix 6
£42.00 each
Mix 12
£40.00 each
The perfect Rose for the summer in magnum
Domaine Alexandre Bonnet La Foret Rose Des Riceys 2020
Single
£46.00
Mix 6
£44.00 each
Mix 12
£42.00 each
Single-vineyard La Foret in Les Riceys
Chateau Galoupet Cru Classe Rose 2021
Single
£48.00
Mix 6
£46.00 each
Mix 12
£44.00 each
2021 Rose from the Provences oldest region
Chateau d'Esclans Les Clans 2021
Single
£66.00
Mix 6
£64.00 each
Mix 12
£62.00 each
Partially fermented in 600L oak barrels
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2023
Single
£108.00
Mix 6
£104.00 each
Mix 12
£102.00 each
The perfect Rose for the summer!
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2021
Sold Out
The perfect Rose for the summer!
Red
M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers Rouge 2020
Single
£26.00
Mix 6
£25.00 each
Mix 12
£24.00 each
100% Syrah from Northern Rhone
Shaw and Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills 2018
Single
£30.00
Mix 6
£28.00 each
Mix 12
£26.00 each
Top quality Shiraz from South Australia
Le Volte dell'Ornellaia Toscana Rosso IGT 2019
Single
£30.00
Mix 6
£28.00 each
Mix 12
£26.00 each
The third wine of Ornellaia
Catena Alta Malbec 2018
Single
£32.00
Mix 6
£31.00 each
Mix 12
£30.00 each
Top Quality High Altitude Malbec
Chateau Meyney, Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux 2019
Single
£38.00
Mix 6
£36.00 each
Mix 12
£34.00 each
Stunning Value Critics Love It
Chateau des Jacques Morgon Cote de Py 2015
Single
£38.00
Mix 6
£34.00 each
Mix 12
£32.00 each
Generous fruit and good structure. A great 2015!
Danbury Ridge Pinot Noir 2021 English
Single
£44.00
Mix 6
£40.00 each
Mix 12
£38.00 each
England's Best Still Wine Producer
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello 2020
Single
£46.00
Mix 6
£44.00 each
Mix 12
£42.00 each
A historic Italian wine
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello 2018
Single
£48.00
Mix 6
£46.00 each
Mix 12
£44.00 each
A historic Italian wine
Poggiotondo Chianti Riserva Vigna delle Conchiglie 2018
Single
£48.00
Mix 6
£46.00 each
Mix 12
£44.00 each
This wine is made soley from Sangiovese grapes
Bodega Numanthia | Numanthia 2016
Single
£48.00
Mix 6
£46.00 each
Mix 12
£44.00 each
Aged in 60% New Oak Barrels
Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2018
Single
£48.00
Mix 6
£46.00 each
Mix 12
£44.00 each
Appelation: Dry Creek Valley
Resonance Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir Oregon 2019
Single
£50.00
Mix 6
£46.00 each
Mix 12
£44.00 each
A sustainable winery established in 2013
Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2018
Single
£60.00
Mix 6
£58.00 each
Mix 12
£56.00 each
"Rancia is a wine of mind-blowing elegance and finesse."
Reserve de la Comtesse 2016
Single
£62.00
Mix 6
£58.00 each
Mix 12
£56.00 each
The second wine of Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Louis Jadot Domaine Gagey Beaune Les Theurons 1er Cru 2015
Single
£62.00
Mix 6
£60.00 each
Mix 12
£58.00 each
Generous fruit & good structure. A great 2015!
Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux 2018
Single
£74.00
Mix 6
£70.00 each
Mix 12
£68.00 each
The 2nd vintage under Cazes family ownership
Villa Maria Ngakirikiri The Gravels 2014
Single
£74.00
Mix 6
£70.00 each
Mix 12
£68.00 each
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Villa Maria, New Zealand
Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Rabaja Piemonte 2018
Single
£94.00
Mix 6
£92.00 each
Mix 12
£90.00 each
100% Nebbiolo from the village of Barbaresco
Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec 2010
Single
£98.00
Mix 6
£94.00 each
Mix 12
£92.00 each
100% Malbec
Isole e Olena Cepparello 2018
Single
£98.00
Mix 6
£94.00 each
Mix 12
£92.00 each
A pure expression of Sangiovese
Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er Cru 2012
Single
£104.00
Mix 6
£100.00 each
Mix 12
£98.00 each
Red with lovely density and concentration & firm and focused style.
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 2005
Single
£134.00
Mix 6
£130.00 each
Mix 12
£128.00 each
Spain's top Rioja Producer
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2019
Single
£134.00
Mix 6
£130.00 each
Mix 12
£128.00 each
Aged in 60% new French oak barrels
Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2018
Single
£152.00
Mix 6
£148.00 each
Mix 12
£146.00 each
A wonderfully structured Tuscan wine
Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2010
Single
£170.00
Mix 6
£166.00 each
Mix 12
£164.00 each
Powerful style Red: plump red fruits & an incredible vintage.
Marchesi Antinori Tignanello 2018
Single
£178.00
Mix 6
£174.00 each
Mix 12
£172.00 each
A Household Name in Super Tuscan's
Marchesi Antinori Tignanello 2019
Single
£178.00
Mix 6
£174.00 each
Mix 12
£172.00 each
A Household Name in Super Tuscan's
Chateau Canon, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux 2016
Single
£184.00
Mix 6
£180.00 each
Mix 12
£178.00 each
Aged in 65% new French oak barrels
Louis Jadot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 1999
Single
£188.00
Mix 6
£184.00 each
Mix 12
£182.00 each
A delight from Maison Louis Jadot
Tiano and Nareno Malbec 2015
Single
£190.00
Mix 6
£186.00 each
Mix 12
£184.00 each
High Altitude Malbec from Argentina
Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux 2010
Single
£198.00
Mix 6
£194.00 each
Mix 12
£192.00 each
Classified as a fifth growth in 1855
Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2018
Single
£208.00
Mix 6
£206.00 each
Mix 12
£204.00 each
One of the most seductive Comtesses on record
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Il Vigore 2019
Single
£210.00
Mix 6
£206.00 each
Mix 12
£204.00 each
Based in the Tuscan foothills of Bolgheri
Ao Yun, Shangri-la 2017
Single
£230.00
Mix 6
£226.00 each
Mix 12
£224.00 each
5th vintage of high altitude Cabernet from 2500 meters in Himalayas
Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015
Single
£236.00
Mix 6
£232.00 each
Mix 12
£230.00 each
A pure expression of Sangiovese
Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux 2016
Single
£240.00
Mix 6
£236.00 each
Mix 12
£234.00 each
The top estate in St-Estephe & the superb 2016 vintage.
Ao Yun, Shangri-la 2014
Single
£244.00
Mix 6
£240.00 each
Mix 12
£238.00 each
2nd vintage of high altitude Cabernet from 2500 meters in Himalayas
Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux 2010
Single
£266.00
Mix 6
£262.00 each
Mix 12
£260.00 each
The top estate in St-Estephe & the generous 2010 vintage.
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2010
Single
£348.00
Mix 6
£344.00 each
Mix 12
£342.00 each
Appelation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Louis Jadot Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2015
Single
£380.00
Mix 6
£376.00 each
Mix 12
£374.00 each
Outstanding Clos Saint-Denis
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2013
Single
£404.00
Mix 6
£400.00 each
Mix 12
£398.00 each
Appelation: Santa Cruz Mountains