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Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Pinot Noir - Chardonnay Champagne Blend 2008

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Shay A Delectable Pro

Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual. Sporting a classic Bollinger style, I have to admit that this has changed/evolved since I first had this vintage a year ago. A good bit of ginger is present in a rich and giving profile, with chalk, limestone, orange blossom and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. What made this different is I got a lot less yeast than expected. Truly delicious champagne now, it’s evolving and will be getting better. I called this NV champagne from a high end producer.

Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual. Sporting a classic Bollinger style, I have to admit that this has changed/evolved since I first had this vintage a year ago. A good bit of ginger is present in a rich and giving profile, with chalk, limestone, orange blossom and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. What made this different is I got a lot less yeast than expected. Truly delicious champagne now, it’s evolving and will be getting better. I called this NV champagne from a high end producer.

9.5

David Lusby Delectable Pro

Pleasant lemon meringue core...supported by toasted brioche, pear and really nice mineral/acidity. A great bottle for 5th anniversary dinner.

Pleasant lemon meringue core...supported by toasted brioche, pear and really nice mineral/acidity. A great bottle for 5th anniversary dinner.

9.2

Shengli Hu Delectable Pro

Jammy apricot, prune, fig, desiccated fruits, French toast, cinnamon, and toffee.

Jammy apricot, prune, fig, desiccated fruits, French toast, cinnamon, and toffee.

8.9

Jeremy Shanker Delectable Pro

Sommelier at RN74

Bollinger finally has its mojo back. Not too oxidative!

Bollinger finally has its mojo back. Not too oxidative!

9.2

Vinni Capra

Impressed

Impressed

9.4

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Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2019)

Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2019)

9.7

Stephen Redenbaugh

I love this wine. Birthdays are tough in Quarantine, but Alaskan King Crab Legs and great vintage bubbles helps keep the spirit up. Smooth, ethereal, and vibrantly alive—this cuvée spreads across the palate like a kitten and curls up playfully before easing its way down your throat. Doesn’t get much better.

I love this wine. Birthdays are tough in Quarantine, but Alaskan King Crab Legs and great vintage bubbles helps keep the spirit up. Smooth, ethereal, and vibrantly alive—this cuvée spreads across the palate like a kitten and curls up playfully before easing its way down your throat. Doesn’t get much better.

9.6

Michael Patrone

Dried pear, golden apple. Delightfully bright. Will have to buy more to cellar!

Dried pear, golden apple. Delightfully bright. Will have to buy more to cellar!

9.8

Stephen Redenbaugh

Surprisingly good amongst all the other heavy hitters. Cheapest of the ten, but prob fourth on my scorecard. Bright, vibrant, young and fresh. Elegant? yes! Boisterous, spilling out of the glass... tart green apple and bright vibrant acidity with tons of mousse. Fun and exouberant... I need to double down on this one.

Surprisingly good amongst all the other heavy hitters. Cheapest of the ten, but prob fourth on my scorecard. Bright, vibrant, young and fresh. Elegant? yes! Boisterous, spilling out of the glass... tart green apple and bright vibrant acidity with tons of mousse. Fun and exouberant... I need to double down on this one.

9.4

Peter Zandbergen

Magnum

Magnum

9.2

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