Bollinger La Grande Annee 2007 75cl Gift Boxed

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Country France
Champagne Type Vintage Brut and Rose
Region Champagne
Brand Bollinger
Grape Variety Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier / Chardonnay
Size 75cl
ABV 12.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2007
Maturity Drinking well now but will keep
Style Rich and Full bodied
Food Match Foie Gras, a selection of Fish or Lamb dishes, and strong hard Cheese
The 2007 Grand Annee from the house of Bollinger. The delicate colour and golden hues are a sign of the wine�s maturity and Bollinger�s wine-making methods. A first impression of fresh almonds, then yellow-flesh fruit aromas evoking peach and mango; toasted, roasted notes accompanied with dried citrus and pink grapefruit.

In the mouth, a lovely aromatic fullness with honey flavours and a smooth chalky texture; candied lemon notes and a delicious bitterness, a wonderfully refreshing finish.

After bottling, cellar ageing takes place under a natural cork to protect from oxidation and to preserve the freshness of the wines, the bouquet and the clarity of aromas. Ageing on lees for 9 years.

The blend of La Grande Ann�e 2007 is made up of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

It might seem a bit surprising that Bollinger skipped the great vintage of 2006 for the more modest 2007. For me that choice is however quite logical since the Bollinger house style is much better suited to austere vintages than for fruit bombs. Here we have a classic and perfectly balanced Bollinger with deep layers and beautiful crisp apple acidity. Gorgeous balance between the dark and light as a perfect Ying and Yang marriage. Layers of dry cocoa, hazelnut fudge, dried apricots and juicy red apples dominate over a beautiful hint of forest aromas based on sous bois and mushrooms in the background. One of the three best champagnes from this vintage.

95/100 Richard Juhlin � champagneclub.com

Madame Bollinger famously quoted: “I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty."

In 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe have coveted ever since. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained that trademark style, and Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marque houses to be owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.

With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own estate for nearly two-thirds of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir from La Côte Aux Enfants in the heart of Ay. It is this that gives its Champagne its distinctive roundness and elegance, Bollinger is one of a select few houses that can control the quality of its grape supply so carefully.

Bollinger is renowned for its stringent quality standards. It adheres to traditional methods, including individual vinification of each marc and cru, barrel fermentation (it is the last Champagne house to employ a full-time cooper) and extra-aging on the lees prior to disgorgement.

Cellar Master Gilles Descôtes is the grandson of a Champagne grower who has been amongst the vines from an early age. He is custodian of the five labyrinthine kilometres of cellars that run under Ay, permeated by the scent of fermented fruit, old wood and earth. These house the treasured Bollinger wines, including a matchless collection of over 700,000 magnums of reserve wines.

Country Of Origin: France

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