- Pinot dominant style from the warmer and powerful 2005 vintage
- Rated 95 points by Tyson Stelzer
- Cured ham, Seared scallops or Grilled lobster? Which would you choose?
This is a vintage that captures the full magnificence of Bollinger exuberance, with a fruit integrity rarely seen in 2005, blossoming to even greater voluptuous succulence two years on from release. It glows with mirabelle plums, figs and red apples, oozes with ripe peach and resonates with the depth of black cherries, before launching into a universe of Bollinger complexity in golden fruit cake, spice, pâtisserie and roast nuts.
The depth and body of Bollinger confidently steps up to the firm structure, dry astringency and grapefruit-like grip of the season, built more on phenolic presence than acid line, yet with the flesh, drive and persistence to carry it, and at this age more silkiness than ever, culminating in a crescendo of seamless persistence. Tyson Stelzer
Why is Grande Année so special?
La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is therefore exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels.
Champagne Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After a prolonged ageing on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand.