Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008

It is with great excitement that we bring you the new release from Champagne Bollinger – the fabulous and long-awaited LaGrande Année 2008. Thanks to our fantastic relationship with the House, we have secured a prime allocation; and having tasted the wine last week, we can confirm that it is a sure-fire winner. Loaded with all the classically rich, toasty notes you have come to love in La Grande Annee, it also sports the depth, intensity and energetic vibrancy which is rapidly becoming the hallmark of the outstanding 2008 vintage. Top Champagne critic Richard Juhlin loved it, delivering a huge 98 point score and recommend to “Buy a case and follow its aromatic journey to heaven.”

Bollinger’s La Grande Année has long been ‘up there’ with the very finest prestige cuvees but at a fraction of the price. Most of the other 2008 top-end Champagne Cuvees on the market already trade for around twice its 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), aged en magnum under cork (something which virtually no other producer can boast) and still riddled by hand, this is a truly artisan product. In fact it is estimated that each bottle is touched around 40 times during the production process – something more likely to be seen in boutique, grower-Champagne methodology.

The 2008 is a gorgeous blend of 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay: 90% of the fruit is from Grand Cru vineyards (and the remainder from Premier Crus) - mainly Ay and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Cramant for the Chardonnay. The outcome is spectacular already but will be incredibly long-lived to boot.

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:

Relative Pricing

Bollinger LGA 2008 – 98pts RJ – £800

Bollinger LGA 2002 – 96pts RJ – £1000

Bollinger LGA 1996 – 96pts RJ - £1620

Bollinger LGA 1990 – 93pts RJ - £2760

Bollinger LGA 1985 – 96pts RJ - £3300

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. We are therefore delighted to offer:


Previous Recommendations

“It’s a sure-fire winner”
Garrus 2017, Chateau d'Esclans
2016 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore
Vin de Constance 2016, Klein Constantia
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Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 2011
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Niepoort Vintage Port 2017
"Possibly our finest since 1945"
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One of Scotland’s Unsung Heroes
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"A regal and heroic Bollinger" - RJ
Akitu Pinot Noir 2016
Our Favourite New Kiwi Pinot
2005 Imperial Gran Reserva in Jero
95 Point Ex-Bodega Release
Dom Ruinart 2007
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2015 Galia Villages
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Vina del Olivo, Contino 2016
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The Mascot 2013
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CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2011
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Les Fillottes 2015
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La Chenade 2014
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Haut Bergey 2002
Silver Oak Alexandra Valley 2013
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“The 2015 is a tour de force" RP
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Esprit de Pavie 2011
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Clos Apalta 2014
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Leroy Bourgogne Blanc 2015
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Orma 2014
"Challenger to Sassicaia and Ornellaia"
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"A very good vintage for this bottling."
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"a Clos Vougeot that will go the distance"
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BARGAIN RHONE: Vieux Donjon 2015
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"a fine Latour" (NM)
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"a real head turner" AG
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