Bollinger La Grande Annee 2012

$179.99

La Grande Année is the very embodiment of an exceptional, timeless champagne. Artisanal savoir-faire is at the heart of its production. One such artisanal technique is vinification, which takes place in oak barrels. This helps the wine develop complex aromas, and, thanks to micro-oxygenation, lends an extraordinary ageing potential.

THE VINTAGE

The 2012 viticultural year was characterized by a long vine growth cycle and significant rainfall. The clear wines, tasted in the months that followed, revealed very expressive Chardonnays that remained lively and taut, while the Pinots Noirs come through with finesse, both structured and harmonious on the palate.

TASTING NOTES

On the eye: The delicate color and golden hues are a sign of the wine’s maturity and reflective of Bollinger’s wine-making methods.

On the nose: Full and expressive on the nose. Apricot, almond and hazelnut, as well as honey and cereals, intertwine in a symphony of aromas.

On the palate: Dense, satiny and long on the palate. It is fresh and unctuous, with a deliciously bitter finish. The texture and structure are exceptional.

PAIRING

La Grande Année 2012 is the perfect champagne for gourmet food.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Varietals: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay

Appellation: An assembly of 21 crus, mostly in Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and in Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay.

Aging: Fermented entirely in aged oak barrels.

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