Bollinger La Grande Annee Champagne 2004 Jeroboam 300cl in Green Wooden Gift Box

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Country France
Champagne Type Vintage Brut and Rose
Region Champagne
Brand Bollinger
Grape Variety Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier / Chardonnay
Size 300cl
ABV 12.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2004
Maturity Drinking well now but will keep
Style Rich and Full bodied
Food Match Grilled fresh fish

A Jeroboam bottle of La Grande Annee 2004, presented in a green Wooden Gift Box. This is Bollinger’s prestige blend, produced only in the best vintage years.

Its delicate old gold colour is a sign of the maturity of the wine and of Bollinger's wine making methods. Intense nose with smoke, toasty aromas. In the mouth, candied citrus peel, hazelnut, almond and soft spices vanilla, cinnamon. A silky texture is proof of the lengthy ageing on lees and an ideal balance between body, length and freshness.

La Grand Annee are classic and complex Pinot Noir dominated Champagnes, powerful yet refined with the ability to age beautifully. They are produced only when a harvest reaches a perfect balance. It is Bollinger's interpretation of an exceptional year, whose virtues deserve to be brought to the fore, and whose quality ensures the continued production of the house's outstanding prestige vintages. Wines of exceptional quality are therefore needed from the outset: grapes used in making La Grande Annee vintages come from 100% Grands and Premiers Crus and are vinified to reveal a harmonious blend which portrays the characteristics of a remarkable viticultural year.

First fermentation is in 100% small aged old oak barrels, followed by 6 years ageing on its lees with manual riddling prior to disgorgement. After bottling, the second fermentation and cellar ageing are conducted under natural cork in order to protect them as much as possible from oxidation and preserve their freshness, as well as the bouquet and clarity of their aromas.

La Grande Annee develops a majestic vinosity, and intense, rich complex aromas, whose tonality varies according to the nature of each vintage.

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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