x
  • Country ranking ?

    2 167
  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

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 experience and expertise. More than the illustration of the vintage, La Grande Année is the result of the Bollinger style, of its exceptional terroir and traditional wine making techniques. La Grande Année possesses a beautiful rounded structure and combines rich, complex and intense aromas. These wines express sincere vinosity and intense aromas that depict the conditions of that particular vintage.

Read more
Close

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Yellow and Pale

ending

Medium and Acidic

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Balanced, Medium-bodied, Elegant and Fruity

Verdict

Impressive

Written Notes

In many respects the wine is reminiscent of the critically acclaimed '90 with its exotically rich fruit and a timbre somewhat less masculine than in the more classic vintages. Nor does one find the Krug-like elegance that the '95 displays. But that could very well prove to be compensated for with the fantastically high acidity. A magnificent, powerful wine in all respects, which breathes more and more greatness every time I open a new bottle.
  • 94p
Deep golden colour. Wax and hiney and earthy, sherry barrel. Sinapin siemen. Full, intense cloying, prononeds, mouthfilling. Velvety.
  • 92p
Bottle in excellent condition. Looking yellow and pale. Intense on the nose. The taste is fruity, high in acidity, balanced and medium-bodied. Acidic. Recommended. Impressive. Costs about 100-200€ per bottle. Good value for money.
  • 94p

Information

Origin

Ay, Champagne

Other wines from this producer

Bollinger Special Cuvée

La Côte aux Enfants

La Grande Année rosé

R.D. Bollinger

Rosé

Special Cuvée

Vieilles Vignes Françaises

Vins Clairs Cramant Vinifié en Fût

Vintage Champagne

Highlights

Latest news

WINERY NEWS Ornellaia / Masseto Announces 2014 Vintage Bolgheri, 1 October 2017. Due to a warm, rainy winter, dry spring,  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Oregon winemakers are upbeat — as usual / Rain, snow, heat, bone dry and wildfire smoke? Welcome to Oregon’s 2017 wine vintage.
WINERY NEWS Sena Chile / Seña 2015, First Chilean Wine to Offer Authentication The iconic wine Seña will be   more ...
WINERY NEWS Vinedo Chadwick / 100 points - On May 13th 2016, Viñedo Chadwick 2014 scored a perfect 100 points from int  more ...
WINE NEWS: Krug Vintage 2004 / Krug Vintage 2004 marks three consecutive Krug vintages “The wines of the year held great p  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Phelan-Segur / Phélan Ségur sale confirmed Today, the Gardiniers have confirmed that they intend t  more ...
WINERY NEWS Tenuta II Palagio / Sting renamed his Message in a Bottle wine as Roxanne. The famous singer, Sting, produces a range  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS 14 new Masters of Wine / .
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Michelin bought 40% of The Wine Advocate / .
VINTAGE NEWS: 2017 / Smaller New Zealand wine vintage is full of promise / The 2017 grape harvest has come in smalle  more ...
WINERY NEWS De Bortoli / DE BORTOLI WINES ACHIEVES FIRST PLATINUM SUSTAINABILITY RECOGNITION IN NSW Last night, NSW Enviro  more ...
WINE NEWS: Dom Pérignon 1961 / Dom Pérignon 1961 – The Choice of Charles and Diana Gilded by the morning sun, the B  more ...
WINERY NEWS Fall Creek Vineyards / 
WINERY NEWS Artadi / From 2016 vintage all ARTADI wines will include the logo of the Certification for Organic Wine In  more ...
WINERY NEWS Weingut Robert Weil / BWW - Best Wine in the World Competition! We are happy to announce, that our wines are includ  more ...
WINERY NEWS Pikes / AUTUMN 2017: IN THE RED By Neil Pike Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I like the h  more ...
WINE NEWS: Rosé vintage 2006 / Charles Heidsieck outlined important finessing of its distribution as the Champagne house unveiled i  more ...
WINE NEWS: Port Vintage 2015 / Cockburn’s has declared 2015 a vintage year, announcing the release of a Port from its Quinta   more ...
WINERY NEWS Cheval des Andes /  Cheval des Andes, the Grand Cru of the Andes, Celebrates Launch of its Latest Release at Ch&ac  more ...

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.

94p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  La Grande Année 1996  ( Bollinger )

"In many respects the wine is reminiscent of the critically acclaimed '90 with its exotically rich fruit and a timbre somewhat less masculine than in the more classic vintages. Nor does one find the Krug-like elegance that the '95 displays. But that could very well prove to be compensated for with the fantastically high acidity. A magnificent, powerful wine in all respects, which breathes more and more greatness every time I open a new bottle."

1y 5m ago

94p
 Po-yu Sung, Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  La Grande Année 1996  ( Bollinger )

"Very bold, mature, muscular nose with a strong acidity taste. If anyone likes Bollinger style it is the peak of it. If one doesn't like Bollinger style he will find it a bit over.
The fragrance and the taste lingering in the glass and in the mouth like forever. You just can't have the next wine without interfere by it in ten minutes, not to mention the huge impression it gives you shadow all others.
Very unique wine."

2y 3m ago

92p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Grande Année 1996  ( Bollinger )

"Deep golden colour. Wax and hiney and earthy, sherry barrel. Sinapin siemen. Full, intense cloying, prononeds, mouthfilling. Velvety."

4y 10m ago

89p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Grande Année 1996  ( Bollinger )

"Wonderful Dom Perignon tasting, 16 vintages agains other great champagnes from the same vintages and the best champagne was 1979 Pommery Cuvée Louise:)..average 98 points!...very close 1973 Cristal and Dom Perignon 1996 enoteque."

5y 12d ago

93p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Grande Année 1996  ( Bollinger )

"What a tasting DP 73 was delightful as well as the 69 :P"

5y 3m ago

Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know
Are you sure you want do delete this wine? All information will be lost.
Are you sure you want to recommend this wine?
Are you sure you want hide this written note ?
Are you sure you want show this written note ?

HOW TO USE TASTINGBOOK?

We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started



Taste wines with the Tastingbook


Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'



Explore Your tasted wines library



Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile



Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now it's fast easy and totally free.
Register with Facebook   Register
BWW-Best Wine of the World -competition 2017

BWW -Best Wine of the World -competition has started.  We welcome You to join thousands of experts to choose the best wines of the world. You decide the winners by voting! 

 

PLEASE, VOTE YOUR FAVOURITE WINES NOW and make the difference! 

 

You can vote any Red/White wines from vintages 2008-2017 and Champagnes from 2002 vintage. Just use our search engine to find your favourite wines.

 

BWW is the largest and most important wine competition in the world in terms of amount of wines, consumers and professionals.    

Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2013, Tapanappa
Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, UPTick Vineyards
Number 7 2013, Kracher
Darioush Signature Merlot 2013, Darioush
Romanee Saint Vivant 2010, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti