I loved the 2007 La Grande Année, which is based on 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Over 90% of this cuvée was sourced from Grand Cru sites, with the balance from Premier Cru villages. Vinified all in older barrels and aged 6 years in bottle on lees, it boasts a deep, rich, creamy style as well as full-bodied notes of ripe stone fruits, wood smoke, and spice. It has vibrant acidity, impressive length, and notable purity, all making for a classy, impressive Champagne that will keep for 10-15 years.
Bollinger's white-golden colored 2007 La Grande Année Brut is an assemblage of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 14 crus (mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay) that was entirely fermented in barrels and aged under natural cork for more than eight years (disgorgement date: November 2016). The wine displays a very clear, fine and complex bouquet of ripe (apricot) fruits and pink grapefruit along with chalky, toasty and almond/nougat notes. Highly elegant, fine and pure but complex on the palate, this is a full-bodied and well-structured Grande Année with a long, intense yet dry, salty, beautifully clear and cleansing finish with lingering citrus flavors and a persistent mineral structure. This 2007 is still young, but its elegance, finesse, freshness and promising complexity are fabulous. Drink now and over the next 12 to 15+ years. (SR) 94+
A bright, lacy Champagne, offering a tapestry of finely woven flavors: graphite and ground spice, crushed blackberry and dried apricot, toast and honeycomb. Firm and focused, with a lasting, chalky finish. (AN)
The newly released 2007 Bollinger 'La Grande Année' is composed of a blend of Pinot Noir (almost entirely from Aÿ and Verzenay) and thirty percent Chardonnay (Cramant and Oger), with all of the vins clairs barrel-fermented. The wine was aged more than eight years sur latte and finished with a dosage of seven grams per liter. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a fine blend of peach, gentle hazelnut tones, warm bread, dried flowers, a marvelous base of soil and a smoky top-note. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and complex, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip, elegant mousse and a long, impeccably balanced finish. This is really drinking well out of the blocks, but has the structure to also age very nicely. Fine juice. Drink from 2017-2040.
Super attractive lemon essence and lime pickle on the nose, with toasty warmth and some bright, almost tropical fruits. The palate has a very open and appealing feel. Deep flavors are delivered in a generous sweeping texture, with toasty rise at the finish.
Bollinger's 2007 Brut La Grande Année is quite pretty. Elegant, restrained and understated in style, the 2007 is one of the more delicate young Grande Années I can remember tasting. Mid-weight structure and silky texture only reinforce that impression. Lemon oil, red berry, dried flowers and chamomile open up nicely, but it is the wine's overall feel that stands out most. Best of all, the 2007 will drink well with no cellaring. Disgorged: September 2016. (AG)
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay from 14 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay. 91% grands crus and 9% premiers crus. Made using only the cuvée juice and fermented entirely in older barrels. Under cork during lees ageing. Disgorged June 2016. Dosage 7 g/l. From bottle. To the surprise of all the tasters round the table, the bottle of the 2007 seemed fresher and more youthful than the magnum. It was less open, tighter, with more obvious citrus character and pear fruit, even seems to taste drier but that is probably just because the whole thing seems fresher. Not as broad as the wine from magnum but more persistent, and, as far as this bottle is concerned, better ageing potential. (JH)
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