Bollinger La Grande Année 2007

As it’s a solid 46% cheaper than the lesser 1999, this latest release from Bollinger - their ‘La Grande Année’ 2007 - is very much worth tucking into. It’s simply under-priced versus peer vintages. Having tasted it last month, it’s an unbridled success, endowed with all of the classically rich, toasty notes you’ve come to love in Grande Année, but also sporting the brightness, energy, and precision that is rapidly becoming the hallmark of the 2007 vintage. In fact it has been so successful in 2007 that top Champagne critic Richard Juhlin names it as One of the three best champagnes from this vintage.”

Bollinger’s ‘La Grande Année’ has long been up there with the very finest prestige cuvées but at a fraction of the price. This becomes even more bewildering when you consider the complexity and cost of the production process: fully barrel fermented (in 4-5 year old barrels from the company’s sister Burgundy House, Chanson), aged en magnum under cork (something which virtually no other producer can boast) and still riddled by hand, this is a truly artisan product. The 2007 is a gorgeous Pinot-focused blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay: 91% of the fruit is from Grand Cru vineyards (and the remainder from Premier Crus) - mainly Ay and Verzenay for the Pinot, and Avize, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay.

As we know, Champagne has a winning combination of very rapid consumption of the current release and highly effective global distribution; these factors cause a fast-dwindling supply and, as the wine continues to mature and gain more complexity, its desirability increases. The relative prices of previous vintages below shows how this manifests. The fact remains that La Grande Annee is one of the most impressive and downright drinkable Champagnes on the market today though; and offered at a considerably more friendly level than many comparable wines…

  • Price: £660.00 per case
  • Pack Size: 12 x 0.75L
  • Status: IB
  • Quantity: 7 Cs
  • ETA: July
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Tasting Notes and Scores

Richard Juhlin
95

It might seem a bit surprising that Bollinger skipped the great vintage of 2006 for the more modest 2007. For me that choice is however quite logical since the Bollinger house style is much better suited to austere vintages than for fruit bombs. Here we have a classic and perfectly balanced Bollinger with deep layers and beautiful crisp apple acidity. Gorgeous balance between the dark and light as a perfect Ying and Yang marriage. Layers of dry cocoa, hazelnut fudge, dried apricots and juicy red apples dominate over a beautiful hint of forest aromas based on sous bois and mushrooms in the background. One of the three best champagnes from this vintage.

- Richard Juhlin, 2016

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