Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Champagne Blend 2008

$149

This is a regal and heroic Bollinger characterized by restrained power and energetic energy. I love meeting this untouched force and carefully analyzing its sublime elements...The structure is impressive, based of course on the high acidity of the vintage in the first place. This very high acid means that the other building blocks can appear as subordinate, but they have a great wealth of both oak embossed secondary aromas and flaunted dark fruit. At present, the aromatic spectrum is characterized by fresh hazelnuts from Piedmont, green apples, critical minerals and perfumed orange blossoms. Buy a box and follow its aromatic journey to heaven. Richard Juhlin, Decanter

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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

Chris Stenseth

Such a beauty! Definitely got better with some air, however, who can resist an open bottle of champagne? Biscuits, dairy, white peach, lemon zest, wet stone and then that slightly oxidative bolli character. Intense, creamy and perfectly balanced in the mouth with a beautiful mousse.

Such a beauty! Definitely got better with some air, however, who can resist an open bottle of champagne? Biscuits, dairy, white peach, lemon zest, wet stone and then that slightly oxidative bolli character. Intense, creamy and perfectly balanced in the mouth with a beautiful mousse.

9.5

Nicola Morvillo

On 3-10-20

On 3-10-20

9.5

Larry Frierson

I think the best Grande Annee ever. Perfect balance. Pretty high dosage, but tempered by racy acid. Ten years on the lees.

I think the best Grande Annee ever. Perfect balance. Pretty high dosage, but tempered by racy acid. Ten years on the lees.

9.7

Hanibal

Nice small bubbles...a nice mix of crumbled pastry and citrus zest...very long after taste. Still young...Worth cellaring

Nice small bubbles...a nice mix of crumbled pastry and citrus zest...very long after taste. Still young...Worth cellaring

9.3

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