Bollinger Grande Année Brut Millésimé 2008 75cl with box
Blending of the 2008 vintage: 71% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay.
18 vintages: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for Pinot Noir, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Cramant for Chardonnay.
Exclusive employ of the cuvée.
Fermentation entirely carried out in barrels.
Only very high-quality harvests are vintage at Bollinger’s’: in 2008, the remarkable maturity of the grapes combined with exceptional acidity gave birth to a wine of an endless deep taste, and allowed the creation of an exceptional cuvée.
Maturation: under a champagne cork, for a maturation time in the cellar more than twice the rules of the Appellation.
Dosage: moderate, 8 grams per liter.
There are certain vintages in which a wine’s intrinsic expression just works: everything clicks. Sometimes I feel Grande Année does not hit the heights of its peers, but in 2008 this is not the case – it excels. Here the rich, autolytic, Pinot Noir style of Bollinger exists in dreamy harmony with the fresh, high-acid nature of the vintage. The nose is expressive and concentrated, with toasted almond and vanilla notes alongside an underlying tautness/freshness aided by zesty citrus peel, some spice and a herbal edge. The palate does not disappoint – this is where the “Grande” in Grande Année comes from. Power, weight and texture combine, building to a long, clean, refreshing finish. Obviously, this can be enjoyed now; however, it cries out for further cellaring so this wine can express itself even more fully.