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  • Country ranking ?

    686
  • Producer ranking ?

    23
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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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Wine Information

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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Vintage 1990

Originally hailed as the best of the 1988/1989/1990 trilogy, the wines have developed quicker than anticipated with premature oxidation having crept in early on. Thus, I have downgraded my rating from five stars to four stars. There was frost damage in April but the vintage was made by the long, hot and dry summer. Rains in the latter half of August somewhat elevated the rot occurrences. Picking began during the second week of September and the crop was the third largest at the time (11,963 kg/ha) and the wines had excellent alcohol and acidity levels. The ripest vintage since 1959 is showcased by the depth and finesse of the Champagnes. The cuvées still drinking impeccably include the whole range of Dom Pérignon (Rosé, P2, Rosé, Rosé P2), Philipponnat Clos des Goisses and Louis Roederer Cristal..

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Gold

ending

Medium

flavors

Apricot, Toasty, Mushrooms and Earthy

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Well-structured, Full-bodied, Vigor and Ripe

Written Notes

This wine was perhaps the tasting’s greatest surprise. It came with such drive and linearity that it was hard to imagine it to be a 1990. Alongside sweet fruit, ashes, grappa, burned sugar and straw notes, there were lemony tones accentuating the zingy feel. Almost at its peak now.

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N: overt, sweet, patisserie P: wide, muscular, energetic E: persistent In a nutshell: A parker please Final verdict: Fantastically Bolly
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Origin

Ay, Champagne

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Grande Année 1990  ( Bollinger )

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

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