Bollinger 'La Grande Annee' Champagne Brut 2004
By Wine Enthusiast
Bollinger 2004 La Grande Année Brut Sparkling (Champagne)
Special Designation: #32 - Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2013
Designation: La Grande Année Brut
Varietal: Champagne Blend, Sparkling
Appellation: Champagne, France
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Terlato Wines International
In Magazine: 5/1/2013
By Roger Voss
A blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay, this is opulent and full bodied, with toast and wood flavors. Rich and ripe, this beautiful wine is generous and still young, with just a touch of bitterness at the end. (5/1/2013) -96
By Wine Review Online
Bollinger, Champagne (France) “La Grande Année” 2004 (Vintus): Although the next vintage has been released, the 2004 Bollinger La Grande Année is widely available in the US market. If you love richly styled Champagne, you should find a bottle while it is still available. It shows a rich bouquet of red and black cherries with hints of strawberry, white flowers, cream, butter and toast. The flavors are complete and complex with the cherry and berry fruits enhanced by the toasty, yeasty character the Methode Champenoise imparts plus subtleties of lemon peel, almond, cream and smoky spice. It has rounded into form beautifully over the past year and its full flavors, layered complexity, creamy texture and long finish add up to a totally satisfying Champagne that will age well for another decade. 96 Wayne Belding Jun 9, 2015
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
Bollinger 2004 BRUT LA GRANDE ANNEE
Sparkling White wine from France
Drinking window: 2014 - 2029
Bollinger's 2004 Brut La Grand Année is a beautiful wine with a lot of vintage character, but the style is a bit less oxidative than Bollinger fans are likely to expect. Pears, hazelnuts, spices and crushed rocks all flow through to the tense, vibrant finish. It will be interesting to see if the 2004 puts on weight in the bottle, as so many wines from this vintage have. Today, it is bright, linear and quite pretty. Green apples, pears and flowers all add lift on the close. Antonio Galloni, May 2013
By Wine Spectator
BOLLINGER Brut Champagne La Grande Année 2004
Release Price: $155
Issue: Jul 31, 2013
Firm, with well-cut acidity and a fine texture, this is aromatic, delivering a skein of ground spice and graphite notes that mesh seamlessly with the flavors of black currant, black cherry, toasted almond, financier, honey and smoky mineral. Offers a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,000 cases imported. -AN
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2004 Bollinger Grande Annee
A Champagne Blend Dry White Sparkling wine from France, Champagne, France
Review by David Schildknecht
eRobertParker.com # 1113 (Nov 2013)
Release Cost: $155
All that having been noted, it is Kaufmann and then-director Ghislain de Montgolfier who can take responsibility for the success that is Bollinger’s 2004 Brut Grande Annee, a bottling that, in marrying the restraint associated with young wines from this house with that of a relatively cool and copious but ultimately fascinating vintage, has rendered a work of subtle intrigue and refinement that will merit a dozen or more years’ attention. Quite pale in color and with unexpectedly green-gold shimmering, this two-thirds Pinot Noir cuvee displays alluringly silken texture and refinement of mousse as well as delicacy. Fresh white peach, yellow tomato, lime, and rhubarb offer subtly tart, brightly juicy succulence, and a mingling of chalk and sweet-saline oyster liquor serves for saliva-inducement in a long finish tinged with lightly toasted grains and nuts. It will be good to return next year to Bollinger, one of the houses I visited on my first day in Champagne 30 years ago and a longtime favorite; but for 2014, I was forced by press of time and complications of scheduling to limit myself to tasting a single new release. Early this year, dozen-year veteran Bollinger chef de cave Mathieu Kauffmann unexpectedly announced his resignation to join Reichsrat von Buhl (part of recently deceased Achim Niederberger’s plan for renewing that venerable Pfalz estate, inter alia through increased attention to its already impressive sparkling wine program), and in June Bollinger’s director Jerome Philipon announced that Kaufmann’s former right-hand, Gilles Descotes, would succeed him. Imported by Terlato Wines, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-8900
2004 Brut - La Grande Année
Note: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, SRP $155
Producer note: The history of Bollinger goes back centuries and currently comprises 163 hectares of vines. Bollinger only produces two types of blends, both from the first pressing, the "cuvée" or first run juice - non-vintage blends and vintage blends. The wines that make up the reserve magnums or the blend of La Grande Année are always vinified in oak barrels. (Terlato Wines International, www.terlatowines.com, Lake Bluff, IL).
Tasting note: This is cool, refined and wonderfully complex with that moderately aged yeasty character that contrasts nicely with the beautifully fresh citrus, green apple and soft floral scents. The bead of the supporting mousse is quite fine but like the 2002 R.D. it's firm and imparts plenty of punch to the precise middle weight flavors that possess the same complexity and refinement that is displayed by the nose, all wrapped in a crisp and dry but not particularly austere finish. This is terrific and while it could easily be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for another 2 to 4 years first as it clearly seems to be on the way up; indeed the last sip was more interesting than the first.
Tasted: Jan 15, 2015
By Champagne Bollinger
La Grande Annee 2004
Blend: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay
16 Crus: 88% Grand Crus, 12% Premiers Crus
Aged: Entirely in barrels
Maturation: Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation
Dosage: Moderate, 7 to 8 grams per liter
At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become vintage. 2004 was quite a delicate year in Champagne, with a relatively dry winter and spring but a cold, wet end to the summer. The grapes were picked during a fine Indian summer which meant they were in an excellent state of health. All conditions were favourable to give their grapes the special qualities necessary for the very best vintages.
To the Eye: Its delicate blush and old gold colours are a sign of maturity and of Bollinger's winemaking skills.
To the Nose: Its aromas are a testimony to the barrels it aged in: toasted bread and brandied fruit; notes of exotic spices, rhubarb and stone fruit.
To the Palate: Powerful yet soft bubbles; remarkable structure and length.
Pairing Notes: Foie gras, fresh or pan -fried. Grilled fish, with or without sauce, lobster. Roast lamb or veal. Parmesan or Comte.
La Grande Annee 2004 is a must-have for gourmett restaurants and good hotels alike: it is the perfect Champagne to serve with a fine meal. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, La Grande Annee 2004 is best served between 10 and 12'C. You can enjoy La Grande Annee 2004 right away, or choose to age it in your cellar.
In 1976, Bollinger Vintage became Grande Annee; then, in 2004, "La" Grande Annee... A name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status; because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. La Grande Annee made its screen debut two years later, in James Bond's Casino Royale.
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