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Bollinger Grande Annee 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

La Grande Année: The Great Year. This Champagne is the embodiment of everything that makes Bollingerthe producer that stands apart in Champagne. La Grande Année symbolizes the word “hand-crafted” sostrongly that an overused word suddenly becomes the appropriate definition. In 1976, it became GrandeAnnée; then, in 1997, “La” Grande Année, a name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status,cemented on the silver screen two years later, in James Bond’s Casino Royale."Bollinger's 2008 La Grande Année is superb, wafting from the glass with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, ripelemons, honeycomb, warm biscuits, dried white flowers and a delicate top note of walnuts and fino sherry. Onthe palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a beautifully refined mousse, superb concentrationat the tightly wound core, incisive acids and a supremely elegant intermingling of Bollinger’s oxidative stylisticsignatures with fresh, vibrant fruit."- _Wine Advocate_ *(97+ points)*"Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per liter."- Antonio Galloni, _Vinous_ *(97 points)*

Bollinger:
The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. Pinot Noir predominates, a demanding grape variety with an intense character which forms the backbone of the Bollinger style. Continuity of style is ensured by an exceptional collection of over 600,000 reserve magnums, making Bollinger the only champagne House with such a wide and precise palette of... Read more
The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. Pinot Noir predominates, a demanding grape variety with an intense character which forms the backbone of the Bollinger style. Continuity of style is ensured by an exceptional collection of over 600,000 reserve magnums, making Bollinger the only champagne House with such a wide and precise palette of aromas for their blends.   As a guarantee of supreme quality, the best crus are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,000 small, aged casks. The House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement. This is not out of vanity, but because a great wine needs the luxury of time to develop its full character. Read less

La Grande Année: The Great Year. This Champagne is the embodiment of everything that makes Bollingerthe producer that stands apart in Champagne. La Grande Année symbolizes the word “hand-crafted” sostrongly that an overused word suddenly becomes the appropriate definition. In 1976, it became GrandeAnnée; then, in 1997, “La” Grande Année, a name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status,cemented on the silver screen two years later, in James Bond’s Casino Royale."Bollinger's 2008 La Grande Année is superb, wafting from the glass with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, ripelemons, honeycomb, warm biscuits, dried white flowers and a delicate top note of walnuts and fino sherry. Onthe palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a beautifully refined mousse, superb concentrationat the tightly wound core, incisive acids and a supremely elegant intermingling of Bollinger’s oxidative stylisticsignatures with fresh, vibrant fruit."- _Wine Advocate_ *(97+ points)*"Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per liter."- Antonio Galloni, _Vinous_ *(97 points)*

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