Bollinger


Bollinger La Grande Année '05 |Vintage |2005

Bollinger

Bollinger La Grande Année '05

Vintage 2005

$330.00

- 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.

 

Bollinger remain quite possibly one of the most famous family-owned champagne houses of all. Bollinger are well known for their dominance of the powerful and expressive pinot noir from Aÿ where they were founded, their use of magnums for production of all their wines and a traditional wine making style incorporating fermentation in oak barrels which they have never deviated from. They still have their own in-house cooper who makes and manages their stock of some 3,500 barrels! That equates to about 1 million bottles being fermented in barrel, being the largest (along with Krug) than any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best vineyard sites across champagne.

70% pinot, mainly from Aÿ and Verzenay; 30% chardonnay, mainly from Avize, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; a blend of 13 crus, 95% grand cru and 5% premier cru; a higher proportion of pinot noir than usual because 2005 was believed to be a great season for pinot noir; entirely fermented and matured in oak barrels; aged under natural cork 8.5 years on lees; 6g/L dosage

 

About the house

Bollinger remain quite possibly one of the most famous family-owned champagne houses of all. Bollinger are well known for their dominance of the powerful and expressive pinot noir from Aÿ where they were founded, their use of magnums for production of all their wines and a traditional wine making style incorporating fermentation in oak barrels which they have never deviated from. They still have their own in-house cooper who makes and manages their stock of some 3,500 barrels! That equates to about 1 million bottles being fermented in barrel, being the largest (along with Krug) than any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best vineyard sites across champagne.

Technical details 

70% pinot, mainly from Aÿ and Verzenay; 30% chardonnay, mainly from Avize, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; a blend of 13 crus, 95% grand cru and 5% premier cru; a higher proportion of pinot noir than usual because 2005 was believed to be a great season for pinot noir; entirely fermented and matured in oak barrels; aged under natural cork 8.5 years on lees; 6g/L dosage

 

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented Barrel-maturation Aged 8 Years on Lees

Earth


Mineral

Foods


Toasty Malt Biscuit

Stone Fruit


Peach Plum

Nut


Walnut

Herbs & Spices


Spice