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2002 Bollinger - La Grande Annee Champagne Blend - France - Champagne - White

France - Champagne

White Champagne Blend
Producer Notes

Bollinger is considered one the top Champagne houses. Originally founded in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin, it has been the purveyor to the British Court since 1884, as well as several other European kingdoms. Bollinger has a classic, full-bodied style that reflects its Pinot-dominated cuv�es. This house is known for its muscular champagnes and R.D. cuv�es, which are kept for... More »

Score
JS 97
90
V 94
WS 94
WA 94
JR 18
Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2017 V: 2013-2022 WA: 2012-2022 WS: 2011-2025
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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2010-2018

60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay exclusively from the grands and premiers crus vineyards in the classic Champagne region of France. The 2002 vintage is a blend of 16 villages, 75% of which are grand cru and 25% from premier cru. Bollinger use only the 'cuvée’ juice in the making of La Grande Année and the first fermentation is always carried out 100% in old oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees for a minimum of five years. After manual riddling and disgorging, the wine rests for a minimum of three months prior to shipment. RS 7.1 g/l. 33 stores.Real class here. Layers of flavour and extreme intensity and dry finish. Grown up. Very clean and still youthful.

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WA 94
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 197
Drink Dates 2012-2022

The 2002 Brut La Grande Annee is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Annee that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Annee with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of heaviness at all. A rich, creamy finish adds the final note of complexity and pedigree. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 71% from Grand Cru villages and 29% from Premier Crus.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011-2025

Ripe, appealing flavors of peach, Gala apple, toast and blood orange mix with a streak of minerality, racy acidity and spice notes, all set on the fine-grained texture. Fresh and focused, with a long, mouthwatering, nut-tinged finish.

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V 94
Source Vinous
Drink Dates 2013-2022

The 2002 Brut La Grande Annee is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Annee that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Annee with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of heaviness at all. A rich, creamy finish adds the final note of complexity and pedigree. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 71% from Grand Cru villages and 29% from Premier Crus. Disgorged February 2011.

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JS 97
Source JamesSuckling.com

A stunning edition of one of the great vintage Champagnes that sees immense power and freshness carry the inherent complexity that is the cornerstone of the Bollinger style. Lemon rind, chalk, lime juice and light-grilled nuts here, this has terrific freshness and fragrant lift, gently sweet biscuity complexity here too. The palate's crisp, powerful, assertive and long, delivering a wealth of apple, melon and citrus fruit flavour amid lemon biscuit, almond nougat and a jousting savoury vs. cleansing finish. It's superb now, but will grow and develop handsomely for some years if well cellared. Drink from 2016.

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Author Wang Chong
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.4%
Tasted On 02/12/2012

a toast feel quite well balanced with the champagne sweet and bubble. brought more fun for taste!

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Author will1408
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.442%
Tasted On 01/01/2012
Drink Dates 2011-2015

nice crisp, fresh, citrus/tropical

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating
Tasted On 05/22/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2020
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