2005 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne SKU #1258891


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  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    When does a vintage Champagne like this show at its best? Usually right after it sells out, and this is about to! The lush, rich, toasty, decadent 2005 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne is one of our most delicious vintage bottles in the store for drinking now. It should also keep very well! The 2005 is almost all estate, and composed of 70% Pinot Noir (mostly Ay and Verzenay) and 30% Chardonnay (mostly Mesnil, Avize and Chouilly). Like all Bollinger vintage, treated to long ageing on the lees on a cork instead of a cap, so the cork that you pop before enjoying is the 2nd that has been in the bottle.
    Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    With a nose of caramel and toasted hazelnut, Bollinger feels opulent right out of the gate. Dark-fruited (you can really tell this is mostly Pinot Noir), the 2005 Grand Année is rich, with an oxidative, almost sherried quality throughout the palate, plus hints of warm spice and underlying chalk. Made with 90% Grand Cru fruit, this is Bollinger’s very reasonably priced tête de cuvée, concentrated and powerful yet incredibly silky and ready to drink. James Bond’s favorite Champagne impresses as always.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This delicious release from Bollinger reminds me of the Bollinger's of the past. Rich and round, with generous hazelnut flavors and a long, lingering finish. Honey ed, but balanced with a good amount of chalk and a slight oxidation, which, in this case, is a really good thing! Toasty and creamy, with generous caramel mid-palate. Last, but, not least, an excellent bargain at this price! Also, keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming 2005 vintage Grande Annee Brut Rose. I tried that one last night and it was a stunner!
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    What a spectacular vintage from Bollinger! The soft, early-developing fruit from the 2005 vintage perfectly suits the Bollinger style. With deep, nutty notes and soft, fleshy fruit, this is perhaps one of the most decadent expressions of the Grande Annee from Bollinger that we have seen yet. Although the wine is already drinking beautifully and showing some age characteristics, it certainly has the power and presence to continue to age in bottle for some time.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is rich velvety vintage Champagne at its best! Made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from mostly Grand Cru vineyard sites, it has very rich fruit flavors of black currant, exotic fruits and citrus with a deep toasted brioche note as well as aged cheese nuances. Its acid is soft and elegant, letting the richness of the fruit take center stage, and stay there long after the finish. Drinking perfect right now!


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