Bollinger’s latest vintage release, La Grande Année 2007 has been awarded 95 points and described by top champagne critic, Richard Juhlin as ‘one of the three best champagnes from this vintage’.
In 1976, the Bollinger Vintage Champagne was named ‘Grande Année’ (big year) and changed again in 1997 to ‘La’ Grande Année to illustrate its exceptional status since only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger.
La Grande Année made its screen début in James Bond’s ‘Casino Royale’ and Bond fans are snapping up La Grande Année 2007 elevating it to the ultimate ‘007’ must-have Champagne!
The 2007 itself is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay exclusively using 14 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay – 91% Grands crus and 9% Premiers crus. Sealed with a natural cork this wine was aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation and was fermented entirely in barrels.
The delicate colour and golden hues are a sign of the wine’s maturity and Bollinger’s wine-making methods and at first the impression is of fresh almonds, then yellow-flesh fruit aromas evoking peach and mango; toasted, roasted notes accompanied with dried citrus and pink grapefruit.
With a gorgeous aromatic fullness of honey flavours and a smooth chalky texture, this vintage champagne gives off a delightful, refreshing finish.
Combine with foie gras (fresh or pan-fried), grilled fish (with or without sauce), lobster, roast lamb or veal; Cheese (parmesan or comte) – serve La Grande Année 2007 at 8-10C. With a low dosage of 7g/l, the 2007 will excite and delight you and can be enjoyed straightaway or cellared as a ‘right royal keeper’ with a fantastic potential for aging. It’s unanimous; this is a grand slam of a Vintage Bollinger to buy, enjoy and invest in.