Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 2008
Bollinger’s prestige champagne is produced only when the harvest reaches a perfect balance. 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 Bollinger’s wine-making methods.
On the nose: A wonderful aromatic depth. The wine’s fruity, spicy and floral notes intertwine to reveal a highly complex nose; wild peach, plum and orange peel precede saffron and tonka bean, complemented by a fresh, mineral aspect.
On the palate: Dense and harmonious in the mouth. A creamy effervescence and fresh structure, with a gentle saline finish.
Cured ham. Seared scallops or scallops tartare. Grilled lobster. Chicken in a light creamy sauce.