Bollinger La Grande Annee 2014
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: Tinted with golden glints that reflect the wine’s maturity and Bollinger vinification techniques.
On the nose: A precise and fruity nose with a slight scent of sea-air. Aromas of cherry and lemon mingle with quince and bergamot. Then notes of hazelnut and almond, peach and mirabelle plum complete this wine’s range of aromas.
On the palate: The initial sensation is a fine and intense effervescence, followed by a wonderful vinosity, and then balanced with delicate acidity. Its very fine texture and sea-air finish bring excellent length on the palate, accompanied by a delicate minerality and the complex flavors of orchard fruit and citrus.
Flame-cooked Pyrenees milk-fed lamb, Courgettes Tromboncino, curry or yoghurt.
Langoustine ravioli, foie gras and porcini mushrooms.
Mediterranean sea bass, Grenailles potatoes, myrtle and lemongrass.
Varietals: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay
Appellation: 19 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay
Aging: Fermented entirely in aged oak barrels.