The Bollinger Grande Année remains, however, a blended wine from crus and grape varieties. In this sense it too carries the expression of the House style. However, in this case, the style is also dependent on the characteristics of the given vintage. It is the best wine Bollinger can produce in an individual year by exposing its particular character.
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The 2002 Brut La Grande Anneeis 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. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. ”
|The blend of Grande Année 1996
The grape supply comes only from grands crus and premiers crus vineyards of Champagne.
16 crus were used in the assemblage of the Grande Année 1996,
75 % from grands crus and 25 % from premiers crus.
These were mainly from the villages of A˙, Bouzy, Louvois, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-A˙, Mesnil s/Oger, Oger, Cuis, Cramant and Chouilly.
The blend of Grande Année 1996 is made of
70 % pinot noir
30 % chardonnay
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