Bollinger La Grande Annee 2012
La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is therefore exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels. Champagne Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After a prolonged aging on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand.
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. Apricot, almond and hazelnut, followed by notes of honey and cereals intertwining in a symphony of aromas.
On the palate: exceptional texture and structure. Dense, silky with a long finish. Fresh and full with a delicious refined finish.
Scallops with sorrel and vanilla. Grilled oyster, smoked butter and sea purslane. Hen of the woods mushroom, potato emulsion and truffle.
Varietals: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Appellation: 21 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay
Aging: Fermented entirely in aged oak barrels.