1999 Bollinger "La Grande Année" Brut Champagne SKU #1027331

$139.99

WS 94 ST 93 RP 92
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K&L Notes

Bollinger is fiercely independent, and is one of the only Champagne houses that can claim consistency at the highest level for more than 100 years. This wine is entirely barrel fermented, in 5 year old 225 liter cooperage purchased from Burgundy. It is composed of 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay and a high proportion of the fruit comes from estate vineyards. This Champagne has a Pale white gold color, cream, biscuits and savory Pinot Noir red fruit on the nose. This is a very light and bright (by comparison to past vintages, not by comparison to other Champagnes!) Bolli vintage that is delicious right now. -Gary Westby, K&L

Staff Reviews

  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    5/20/2008
    K&L Staff Member
    Up until I tasted the 1999 Grand Annee, my exposure to Bollinger was very limited and I was apprehensive in supporting the widely acclaimed reputation of their vintage champagnes. After the first sip, my opinion was easily swayed. Compared to the Special Cuvee, the ’99 Grand Annee is extremely sophisticated and elegant. With a floral and brioche-scented bouquet, the champagne opened up gloriously on the palate with complex notes of citrus and pear. Unlike its counterpart, the Grand Annee is very much like a German Riesling, light-weight yet intense and full-flavored. Even though this wine is already eight years old, it is extremely youthful and needs several years of bottle age before it will blossom and show its true potential.
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    5/20/2008
    K&L Staff Member
    We were served this wine at a dinner while we were in Bordeaux and I loved it so much that I emailed the rep while we were still sitting at the table having dinner and bought it on the spot. This wine is focused, rich and very fresh with great acidity and balance. This wine will gain complexity with a couple of years in the bottle, but it sure tastes good now.

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