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Wine of the Week #1532: 2005 Bollinger Champagne “La Grande Annee”

[ 2005 Bollinger Champagne “La Grande Annee” ]



[ Why We Love It: ]

Bollinger Champagnes are legendary. The name and reputation of this prestigious brand of Champagnes transcends its category and implies a sense of luxury and indulgence virtually incomparable in the world of wine. To accomplish this positioning as a Champagne – a category of wines already a step above the ordinary – is remarkable and is the product of more than its predisposition to pairing alongside the world’s most decadent foods, or its consumption by elegant and discerning Champagne lovers around the globe. Bollinger’s place as a sparkling icon within the sea of Champagne is neither happenstance nor is it a product of outside validation.

Bollinger Champagnes have reached this apex because they have always done the little things right; to lead is to realize that simply meeting appellation requirements isn’t enough, and that’s why the wines of Bollinger consistently and dramatically exceed the minimum requirements for things like duration of aging before their release to market, or the percentage of grapes sourced from scarce 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyard sites. Opening a bottle of Champagne usually takes place around a celebration or moment of joy – and moments like these deserve a wine that is without compromise; precisely the kind of fine Champagnes Bollinger has crafted for more than 180 years.

[ Recipes & Food: ]

Halibut w/ Fresh Grapefruit Salad – RECIPE

Block Island Lobster Salad w/ Citrus Dressing – RECIPE

Comte + Sourdough Grilled Cheese Sandwich – RECIPE

[ Price: ]

BOTTLE: $136.75

CASE: $1019.70


[ Technical Specs: ]



Case Pack: 6 x 750mL

GRAPES: 70% Pinot Noir + 30% Chardonnay

CLOSURE: Natural Cork




[ Tasting Notes: ]

“Aÿ and Verzenay are in full control. I love when Bollinger leaves the Pinot Noir in the driving seat like this. The sweet, flirty vintage is never really my cup of tea. But here its turned into an advantage. The classic hazelnuttyness becomes Sicilian pistachio and nougat, the dark cocoa notes turns into pure heavenly milk chocolate. Despite this obvious Nirvana of pleasure there is a great seriousity and sleeping animalistic power- Personally I am so impressed that I consider the wine fully mature from the release. A great Bollinger vintage indeed.”

94 to 95 / 100 Points

Richard Juhlin
– Chair of Decanter World Wine Awards –

“66% pinot noir and 34% chardonnay, 88% from Grand Cru vineyards, and 300 different parcels, all barrel-fermented in used oak. Once bottled it spends eight years on lees under cork prior to disgorgement, its dosage 8g/l. Despite the double jeopardy of cork, taint is seldom an issue. Deep green-gold, it is very complex yet supple and seductive, fresh yet mouthfilling, a cornucopia of almond, dried/crystallised fruits, spice, toast, and even a touch of honey. It rings my bell.”

97 / 100 Points

James Halliday
– –

Wine of the Week #1532: 2005 Bollinger Champagne “La Grande Annee”

[ TAGS: ]

#Champagne #Sparkling Wine #Bollinger #France


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