2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne

SKU #1136161 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 *A Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2013* A blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay, this is opulent and full bodied, with toast and wood flavors. Rich and ripe, this beautiful wine is generous and still young, with just a touch of bitterness at the end. (RV)  (5/2013)

95 points Vinous

 Bollinger's 2004 Brut La Grand Année is a beautiful wine with a lot of vintage character, but the style is a bit less oxidative than Bollinger fans are likely to expect. Pears, hazelnuts, spices and crushed rocks all flow through to the tense, vibrant finish. It will be interesting to see if the 2004 puts on weight in the bottle, as so many wines from this vintage have. Today, it is bright, linear and quite pretty. Green apples, pears and flowers all add lift on the close. (AG)  (5/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Grande Année Brut was disgorged in November 2013 and offers a clear, very refined, and complex though still closed bouquet with fruity aromas of fresh and stewed apples, yellow grapefruit, kaki, walnuts, tobacco, herbal tea, nougat and spicy flavors; everything is discreet here, subtle, perfectly melted together and smoky, very smoky. On the palate, this Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend wine is highly complex and elegant, firmly structured and quite long. This is an excellent Champagne. (SR)  (10/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold. Powerful orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by smoky lees, iodine, chamomile and buttered toast. At once fleshy and energetic, offering deeply pitched poached pear, peach pit and brioche flavors and a suave floral element. Finishes smoky and very long, with mounting spiciness and lingering floral and vanilla notes. (JR)  (12/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 *Collectibles* Firm, with well-cut acidity and a fine texture, this is aromatic, delivering a skein of ground spice and graphite notes that mesh seamlessly with the flavors of black currant, black cherry, toasted almond, financier, honey and smoky mineral. Offers a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (AN)  (7/2013)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* This is cool, refined and wonderfully complex with that moderately aged yeasty character that contrasts nicely with the beautifully fresh citrus, green apple and soft floral scents. The bead of the supporting mousse is quite fine but like the 2002 R.D. it's firm and imparts plenty of punch to the precise middle weight flavors that possess the same complexity and refinement that is displayed by the nose, all wrapped in a crisp and dry but not particularly austere finish. This is terrific and while it could easily be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for another 2 to 4 years first as it clearly seems to be on the way up; indeed the last sip was more interesting than the first.  (1/2015)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2004 Bollinger 'Grande Année' is comprised of a blend of sixty-six percent Pinot Noir and thirty-four percent Chardonnay, with all of the vins clairs for this cuvée aged in older barrels. Eighty-eight percent of the blend hails from grand crus, with the remainder premier cru, and the wine is absolutely stellar. The deep and youthfully complex nose delivers a superb mix of apple, hazelnuts, fresh-baked bread, a lovely base of soil, a touch of fresh nutmeg and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and absolutely rock solid at the core, with broad shoulders, impeccable focus and balance, elegant mousse, snappy acids, just a touch of oak influence from the barrel aging and excellent length and grip on the powerful and still fairly primary finish. This is a young and outstanding example of the vintage, though it does have just a touch of that old school, Bollinger oxidative quality about it as well in the mid-palate. (Drink between 2018-2035) 93+  (5/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Really interesting, complex nose with lots of age and development and polished autumn-leaf characters. Fascinating wine that is probably too interesting to throw back at a reception. Complete and compelling. 18/20 points  (11/2014)

K&L Notes

This wine is composed of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay, vinified entirely in barrels at Bollinger in Ay. It has been aged for more than six years on the lees in its bottle, and on cork rather than on crown cap. They selected 16 villages for this blend, all from their own estate and the final product is 88% Grand Cru and 12% Premier Cru. This has excellent freshness as well as Bollinger's traditional richness and should keep for decades. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2015 | Send Email
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This is one of the best Grand Annees that I have ever tasted! It has rich nose laden with nuts and rich and round yellow fruits. In the mouth, a hint of oxidation and slightly under-ripe peaches with honey. The finish has excellent acidity with toasty, smoky flavors and almonds. An excellent cellar choice!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2015 | Send Email
The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne is a wine of great balance, and stood out in a great field of bottles at our recent staff Champagne summit. It is composed of 66% Pinot Noir and 44% Chardonnay from 88% Grand Cru and 22% Premier cru vineyards, and aged on its lees on a cork instead of a crown cap. This wine is full of the toasty, autolytic character that vintage Champagne fans love and focused by the classic drive and acidity of the 2004 harvest. If you like Champagne that is long, dry and powerful and demand something that can drink tonight or for many years to come, this is a great bottle.
Drink from 2015 to 2044

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