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  • Country ranking ?

    2 071
  • 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.

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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

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 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 23d 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."

1y 10m 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 5m 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."

4y 7m ago

93p
 Edward Cuvée, Wine Dealer (France)  tasted  La Grande Année 1996  ( Bollinger )

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

4y 10m ago

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