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Bollinger, La Grande Année, Aÿ, Champagne 2014






At Bollinger, only very high-quality harvests become vintage champagnes: the 2014 vintage gave rise to a wine that is simultaneously structured, rich and complex, in terms of both its minerality and exceptional intensity.

To the eye, the delicate colour and golden hues reflect the wine’s maturity and reflective of Bollinger’s wine-making methods. The nose displays precise and fruity notes with a hint of sea-air. Aromas of cherry and lemon intertwine with quince and bergamot, followed by notes of hazelnut and almond, peach and mirabelle plum. On the palate, the initial sensation is a delicate effervescence followed by wonderful vinosity balanced with delicate acidity. Its very fine texture and saline finish bring excellent length to the palate, accompanied by delicate minerality and complex flavours of orchard fruit and citrus.

The wine unfurls gradually, revealing its full potential and wonderful intensity. Ready to enjoy now but will age well in the cellar for up to 15 years.

Pinot Noir (61%), Chardonnay (39%)
Now to 2040
Young lamb, langoustine, sea bass, foie gras

Bollinger was founded in 1829 in the village of Aÿ, in the heart of the Champagne region, and is still family-owned to this day. In 1884, it became the first Champagne to be awarded a Royal Warrant, which it has held ever since. Bollinger also has several iconic partnerships, in particular as the preferred Champagne of James Bond.

Bollinger is famous for its use of Pinot Noir, reserve magnums and oak ageing techniques, and is defined as much by its vines and terroir as its blending and vinification. Sustainability and organic principles are key to its philosophy, with Bollinger the first Champagne house to be awarded the Haute Valeur Environmentale certification.

Bollinger is one of the very few Champagne houses to produce the majority of its own grapes, boasting 178 hectares of vineyards, which are planted with 85% Grand and Premier Cru vines.

Made only in outstanding vintages, La Grande Année is exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels, and is cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation. After a prolonged ageing on its lees under a natural cork and staple, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand. The grapes for La Grande Année always come entirely from Grands and Premiers Crus. In 2014, they came from 19 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay.



“A truly great Bollinger by every measure, blessed with incredible longevity, and grand testimony to the wizardry of this house to draw out all the glories of endurance and elegance from a less than simple season.” 97 points