Bollinger La Grande Année 1999
La Grande Année is the Prestige Cuvée of Champagne Bollinger. It is only produced when exceptional quality harvests occur, and is the expression of Bollinger's know-how. More than the illustration of the vintage particularity, La Grande Année is the result of the Bollinger style, of its exceptional terroir and traditional wine making techniques. La Grande Année develops a beautiful rounded structure and combines rich, complex and intense aromas. Light gold color. Rich, complex and intense aromas with hints of white flowers and mandarin zest. This distinctive wine is powerful with a beautiful rounded structure.
With this vintage, there are signs of a wine that is maturing fast. That's the initial impression. But at the same time, there are wonderful dry fruits, minerality and sweet hazelnuts, all finely in balance. The layers get more complex, bringing in toast as well as acidity. Almost ready, but worth aging.Score: 96. —Roger Voss, December 01, 2008.
A beautiful Champagne, from the complex floral-, coffee- and brioche-scented nose to the graphite, vanilla and citrus flavors. Light-weight and intense, with a lively structure and a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2018.Score: 94. —Bruce Sanderson, November 15, 2007.
(a classic blend of two-thirds Pinot Noir and the remainder in Chardonnay) This is a more elegant and perhaps more feminine wine compared to the Special Cuvee and I was struck by just how youthful this is even at 8 years of age. Indeed this is almost a shame to open it now as the nose and the flavors very much need more bottle age to really blossom and develop and while it would not be fair to say they are one-dimensional, the potential on display here is evident. I would suggest cellaring this for at least another 5 to 6 years and 10 to 15 is not out of the question for those who enjoy well-aged examples. An excellent champagne but patience is definitely required. -Issue 28.Score: 93. —Allen Meadows,
The 1999 La Grande Annee is a refined, elegant wine with pretty, exotic notes of apricots, peaches, honey, flowers, smoke and toasted oak. There is notable clarity and precision, in a style that is generous and approachable. The 1999 La Grande Annee is 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay, of which 82% came from grand cru vineyards while 18% came from premier cru sites spanning a total of 16 villages. The wine was aged in oak and dosage was 7-9 grams. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2007. I also tasted the February, 2008 disgorgement which showed a more opulent, quality that I found utterly sensual and irresistible. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2014.Score: 92. —Antonio Galloni, December 2008.
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