Bollinger La Grande Annee 2007
It is with great excitement that we bring you the new release from Champagne Bollinger – the fabulous and long-awaited La Grande Année 2007. Thanks to our fantastic relationship with the House, we have secured a prime allocation; and having tasted the wine a week or so ago, we can confirm that it is a sure-fire winner. Loaded with the all the classically rich, toasty notes you have come to love in Grande Annee, it also sports the brightness and precision which 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 cuvees 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 show how this manifests:
Bollinger LGA 2007 – 95pts RJ – £660
Bollinger LGA 2002 – 96pts RJ – £800
Bollinger LGA 1996 – 96pts RJ - £1600
Bollinger LGA 1990 – 93pts RJ - £1800
Beyond all of this, however, the fact remains that La Grande Annee is one of the most impressive and downright drinkable Champagnes on the market today – and offered at a considerably more friendly price than many comparable wines.