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Bollinger La Grande Année 2014 |Vintage |Base 2014

Bollinger

Bollinger La Grande Année 2014

Vintage Base 2014

$259.00

- Intense and mineral

- Traditional winemaking in small old oak barrels and hand riddling

- The perfect champagne for gourmet dining

La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. Vinification takes place exclusively in small old oak barrels (20 years old on average), maintained in Bollinger’s cooperage, of which there are more than 3,500. Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. Riddling and disgorging are performed entirely by hand, and take place after ageing on the lees in bottles with, natural corks.

La Grande Année 2014 is the perfect champagne for gourmet food. To fully appreciate its unique style and aromas, the wine is best served between 8 and 10°C. Enjoy now or cellar.

To the eye: Tinted with golden glints that reflect the wine's maturity and Bollinger vinification techniques.

To the nose: A precise and fruity nose with a slight scent of sea-air. Aromas of cherry and lemon mingle with quince and bergamot. Then notes of hazelnut and almond, peach and Mirabelle plum complete this wine's range of aromas.

On the palate: The initial sensation is a fine and intense effervescence, followed by a wonderful vinosity, and then balanced with delicate acidity. Its very fine texture and sea-air finish brings excellent length on the palate, accompanied by a delicate minerality and the complex flavours of orchard fruit and citrus.

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 from which they have never deviated. 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 - that is the largest (along with Krug) of any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best sites across Champagne.

 

Blend of the 2014 vintage: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay.
19 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay. Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermented entirely in aged oak barrels.

At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage: the exceptional 2014 vintage gave rise to a wine that is simultaneously structured, rich and complex, in terms of both its minerality and exceptional intensity.

Maturation: Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the Appellation. Dosage: Moderate, 8 grams per litre.

 

Technical details

Blend of the 2014 vintage: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay.
19 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay. Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermented entirely in aged oak barrels.

At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage: the exceptional 2014 vintage gave rise to a wine that is simultaneously structured, rich and complex, in terms of both its minerality and exceptional intensity.

Maturation: Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the Appellation. Dosage: Moderate, 8 grams per litre.

 

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 from which they have never deviated. 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 - that is the largest (along with Krug) of any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best sites across Champagne.

 

Food Pairings

- Mediterranean sea bass with grenailles potatoes and courgette flowers

- Langoustine ravioli with foie gras and fleur de sel

- King scallops pan-fired in citrus butter with Kombu Royal seaweed

 

Reviews

“A truly great Bollinger by every measure, blessed with incredible longevity, and grand testimony to the wizardry of this house to draw out all the glories of endurance and elegance from a less than simple season.”
97/100 - Tyson Stelzer

“Overall, this is an extremely beautiful and complex Bollinger on the finer and more elegant half of the whole. I love how you find new little details in a harmonious simplicity with each new sip. Fascinating and beautiful already, grand as R.D. in 10 years or more and without a doubt one of the vintage's rare hits.”
96/100 - Richard Juhlin

    Descriptors & Texture


    Pinot Noir Dominant

    Winemaking


    Barrel-fermented

    Earth


    Mineral

    Orchard Fruit


    Quince

    Stone Fruit


    Peach Cherry

    Citrus Fruit


    Citrus Lemon

    Nut


    Almond Hazelnut