Bollinger Champagne Grande Annee 2012

Bollinger Champagne Grande Annee 2012

$248.00

Disgorged in July 2019, Bollinger’s 2012 Brut La Grande Annee is showing well, offering up an incipiently complex bouquet of crisp yellow orchard fruit, fresh peach, orange oil, toasted walnuts and dried apricot that’s still quite reserved with less than a year on cork.

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Source: March 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 12th Mar 2020, (RP-95)

Disgorged in July 2019, Bollinger's 2012 Brut La Grande Annee is showing well, offering up an incipiently complex bouquet of crisp yellow orchard fruit, fresh peach, orange oil, toasted walnuts and dried apricot that's still quite reserved with less than a year on cork. Full-bodied, deep and muscular, the 2012 is blockier and broader-shouldered than its 2008 predecessor, with a weightier and even more concentrated palate built around a bright spine of acidity, concluding with a chalky finish that carries appreciably dry extract. This isn't quite as elegant as the exquisite 2008, but it is a superb effort and obviously built to age.
Drink Date: 2024 - 2050

Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022, (JS-95)

This makes a bold statement. Ripe, powerful and creamy with concentrated red-berry, nectarine, grapefruit and cashew aromas. I love the juiciness and brightness of this wine, which has such a long, graceful finish. Only 65% pinot noir, but it tastes like a lot more. 100% barrel fermentation and maturation. Drink or hold.

Source: Winemaker,

La Grande Annee is the ultimate expression of the Bollinger house style; rich and full - one of the world’s great Champagnes. The Champagne House of Bollinger was established in 1829 and rose to prominence under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. Still family owned, this is a Champagne house of world renown. In the best vintages, they produce La Grande Année, their “Prestige Cuvée”. 95% of the fruit is from Grand Cru sites, the remaining 5% from the finest Premier Crus; first fermentation is in 100% old oak barrels, followed by 6 years ageing on its lees with manual riddling prior to disgorgement. These are classic and complex Pinot Noir dominated Champagnes (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay), powerful yet refined with the ability to age beautifully. Bollinger’s Grande Année style has become more precise and focused in recent years; this has been achieved with consummate skill as both the perfectionist philosophy and, not unrelated, the methodology of vinification, remain unchanged, the latter employing fermentation in old wood and then 72 months en tirage resting under natural cork on its yeast. Old-style Bollinger was indulgent, autumnal and entirely delicious; new-style Bollinger maintains as axiomatic at least two of these descriptors. The emphasis on freshness is evidenced from the lighter colour, the pinpoint bubbles and a memorable palate which recalls white chocolate, soft honey and yellow fruit. The 70 % Pinot Noir lends intimations of the savoury and playful red fruit rejoinders; the ensemble defers to a vintage which commands respect and, in such an approachable manifestation, affection . An exceptional piece of work.

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