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  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

In 1976, Bollinger Vintage became Grande Année; then, in 2004, "La" Grande Année… A name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status: because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. La Grande Année made its screen débuts two years later, in James Bond’s Casino Royale.

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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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Vintage 2002

 Fermentation: The first fermentation takes place in small oak casks, lot-by-lot, cru-by-cru, and grape variety with all crus and grape varieties segregated. This allows Bollinger to use a very strict selection process. Bollinger only uses old casks (5 years or older) to ensure that neither tannin nor oak flavors are imparted to the wines.

Aging: Once the wine is bottled, the carbonic fermentation and cellar aging are conducted under natural cork for a minimum of 5 years, more than twice as long as required by Appellation rules.

 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

24 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Straw and Bright

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Vanilla, Toasty, Bread, Apricot, Earthy and Mineral

nose

Open, Pure, Complex and Tempting

taste

High in Acidity, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-structured, Developing, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Refined, Fresh and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

Written Notes

Since the year 1990 made vintage wines from Bollinger in a little fruitier more persikodoftande style with slightly less pronounced smokiness and nuttiness. I was always more impressed initially by the previous style, but it feels like the differences even out over time. 2002 is very fruity and a little slippery at the moment, but I am convinced that the fruitiness will be low, and that we will see a deeper beauty over time. Fantastic in magnum.
  • 93p

Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples, some yellow fruits, minerals, brioche nose. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, fruity, rounded, lacks some lift and liveliness. 88

  • 88p
TASTINGNOTE ‘Sedan årgång 1990 görs årgångsvinerna från Bollinger i en lite fruktigare mer persikodoftande stil med något mindre utpräglad rökighet och nötighet. Jag blev alltid mer imponerad initialt av den tidigare stilen, men det känns som skillnaderna jämnar ut sig med tiden. 2002 är väldigt fruktig och lite hal i nuläget, men jag är övertygad att fruktigheten kommer att läga sig och att vi får uppleva en djupare skönhet med tiden.’
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Ay, Champagne

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88p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Apples, some yellow fruits, minerals, brioche nose. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, fruity, rounded, lacks some lift and liveliness. 88

13d 14h ago

93p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

"Since the year 1990 made vintage wines from Bollinger in a little fruitier more persikodoftande style with slightly less pronounced smokiness and nuttiness. I was always more impressed initially by the previous style, but it feels like the differences even out over time. 2002 is very fruity and a little slippery at the moment, but I am convinced that the fruitiness will be low, and that we will see a deeper beauty over time. Fantastic in magnum."

1y 3m ago

93p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

"Pale lemon yellow. Fresh, minerals, lime, yeast, brioche. Fresh acidity, ripe feel, good balance, grapefruit and lime finish. This is developing elegantly, but stillyoung. "

4y 5m ago

93p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

"2002 Grand Annèe

Minerals, golden apples, small hints of nuts and spice, bit muted at the moment, hints of ripe pear and hazelnuts.

Full-bodied, golden apples, ripe lemon, grapefruit, sherry/fino notes, roasted nuts, long, tight and vibrant finish with minerals, lemon and nuts, needs time but very good.
2016-2028
93p."

4y 5m ago

95p
 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

"TASTINGNOTE ‘Sedan årgång 1990 görs årgångsvinerna från Bollinger i en lite fruktigare mer persikodoftande stil med något mindre utpräglad rökighet och nötighet. Jag blev alltid mer imponerad initialt av den tidigare stilen, men det känns som skillnaderna jämnar ut sig med tiden. 2002 är väldigt fruktig och lite hal i nuläget, men jag är övertygad att fruktigheten kommer att läga sig och att vi får uppleva en djupare skönhet med tiden.’"

4y 7m ago

95p
 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

"TASTINGNOTE ‘Sedan årgång 1990 görs årgångsvinerna från Bollinger i en lite fruktigare mer persikodoftande stil med något mindre utpräglad rökighet och nötighet. Jag blev alltid mer imponerad initialt av den tidigare stilen, men det känns som skillnaderna jämnar ut sig med tiden. 2002 är väldigt fruktig och lite hal i nuläget, men jag är övertygad att fruktigheten kommer att läga sig och att vi får uppleva en djupare skönhet med tiden.’ "

4y 8m ago

90p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

"Nose: powerful

Palate: vibrant, wide, intense

Ending: Concentrated yet crisp

In a nutshell: Muscle power

Final verdict: Worth cellaring

"

4y 9m ago

92p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

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

5y 1m ago

91p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Grande Année 2002  ( Bollinger )

"Belle Epoque 1985 magnum was wonderful. "

6y 17d ago

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