Pinot Noir Chardonnay Ay - Champagne France
La Grande Annee is the prestige vintage Cuvee of Bollinger, a beautifully rounded wine, rich and complex with an intense palate and compelling aromas. Only ever produced when harvests of the most exceptional quality are realized, La Grande Annee is the embodiement of Champagne. The ultimate indulgence from a great vintage year, the achievement of superior old vines fruit, treated to a regimen of artisanal vinification techniques, before a term of patient elevage and remuage under the ancient Bollinger chalk cellars.
An exclusive assemblage of Grands Crus and Premiers Crus, the first fermentation of La Grande Annee is always carried out in oak barrel, a process unique to the winemaking traditions of Champagne. Bollinger makes use of well seasoned, prior use barrels, five years of age and more, to avoid any obvious new oak influence or unwanted tannins. La Grande Annee ages under the Bollinger cellars for at least six years. After a manual disgorgement, La Grande Annee is treated to a small liqueur dosage of 7 g/L to 9 g/L, before resting a minimum of three months prior to release. This short respite permits the wine to digest it's liqueur d'expedition and recover perfect balance.
Shimmering golden hue, the finest bead and most delicate effervescence, its delicate blush and old gold hue are a sign of maturity. Bouquet shows creamy oak barrel, toasted bread and brandied fruit, notes of exotic spice, rhubarb and stone fruit. A palate of remarkable structure and length, magically retaining its freshness. To accompany fine consommé, the freshest fish and ripest fromage Comté.