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Tasting Notes

JH97

This is a blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay (Grand Années highest ever percentage of chardonnay). It also followed in the footsteps of the 2000 Grande Année with eight years on lees (previously it was six years). I tasted it in Champagne in July, and two months later in Australia, and it is a truly superb wine. Bright gold, it has all the legendary complexity and power of Bollinger, yet has great purity, precision, freshness and balance through to the finish of its very long lemon/citrus zest palate.

WSM95

Digging deep into its limestone soils, this 2002 comes at you with scents of jasmine, lilac, Asian pear and a continuous pale chalk power. The oak aging of its base wines darkens the fruit and increases its muscular tone, a tannic austerity gentled by the floral notes. The wine smells beautiful: For all its mineral backbone and ten years of maturity, the impression it leaves is that of a sunny meadow—a scent tied to the freshness of fruit in the vintage.


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The Winery

Bollinger

Under the direction of Chef de Caves Mathieu Kauffmann, Bollinger produces one of the most consistent lineups in Champagne. Bollinger is one of the handful of larger firms that manages to put out consistently high quality wines despite its size. The estate based in Ay is probably best known to the public through its long association with the James Bond films, which is quite possibly one of the most successful product placement campaigns of all time. Despite the show biz glamour that has inextricably become part of the Bollinger mystique, at their best these are serious wines with significant aging potential.
- The Wine Advocate

Bollinger is one of the most famous Champagne houses in the world. Located in northern France, the wines are noteworthy because of their typically Pinot Noir-dominant cuvées. It was founded in 1829 as the Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie, and was kept in the Bollinger family until 2008 when they gave the chairman’s job to someone from outside of the family. The House is located in Ay and most of the vines are located on premier and grand cru plots. A unique fact of Bollinger is that each of the cuvées uses no less than 60% Pinot Noir so the wines have a masculine quality and age wonderfully. Their vast portfolio ranges from non-vintage brut and rose wines to their prestige cuvées. The house has continued to make international acclaim thanks to appearances as James Bond’s drink of choice throughout the action film franchise.

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