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2007 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne

SKU #1303866 95 points Wine & Spirits

 While this wine seemed fully mature when we tasted it last year, the latest bottle to come across our tasting table was full of life, feeling concentrated and radiating energy out of its core. There’s a compressed floral spice and a touch of sweetness to the fruit that accommodates the mineral abrasion, the elements completely integrated, the flavors lasting for minutes. The blend is 70 percent pinot noir, mostly from Aÿ and Verzenay, with chardonnay from Cramant and Oger; 91 percent grows at grand-cru sites; all of it ferments in oak barrels. The wood is still present in the wine, rounding it, contributing to its sophistication. An exceptional 2007.  (12/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I loved the 2007 La Grande Année, which is based on 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Over 90% of this cuvée was sourced from Grand Cru sites, with the balance from Premier Cru villages. Vinified all in older barrels and aged 6 years in bottle on lees, it boasts a deep, rich, creamy style as well as full-bodied notes of ripe stone fruits, wood smoke, and spice. It has vibrant acidity, impressive length, and notable purity, all making for a classy, impressive Champagne that will keep for 10-15 years.  (3/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Bollinger's white-golden colored 2007 La Grande Année Brut is an assemblage of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 14 crus (mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay) that was entirely fermented in barrels and aged under natural cork for more than eight years (disgorgement date: November 2016). The wine displays a very clear, fine and complex bouquet of ripe (apricot) fruits and pink grapefruit along with chalky, toasty and almond/nougat notes. Highly elegant, fine and pure but complex on the palate, this is a full-bodied and well-structured Grande Année with a long, intense yet dry, salty, beautifully clear and cleansing finish with lingering citrus flavors and a persistent mineral structure. This 2007 is still young, but its elegance, finesse, freshness and promising complexity are fabulous. Drink now and over the next 12 to 15+ years. (SR) 94+  (6/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A bright, lacy Champagne, offering a tapestry of finely woven flavors: graphite and ground spice, crushed blackberry and dried apricot, toast and honeycomb. Firm and focused, with a lasting, chalky finish. (AN)  (8/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The newly released 2007 Bollinger 'La Grande Année' is composed of a blend of Pinot Noir (almost entirely from Aÿ and Verzenay) and thirty percent Chardonnay (Cramant and Oger), with all of the vins clairs barrel-fermented. The wine was aged more than eight years sur latte and finished with a dosage of seven grams per liter. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a fine blend of peach, gentle hazelnut tones, warm bread, dried flowers, a marvelous base of soil and a smoky top-note. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and complex, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip, elegant mousse and a long, impeccably balanced finish. This is really drinking well out of the blocks, but has the structure to also age very nicely. Fine juice. Drink from 2017-2040.  (6/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 Super attractive lemon essence and lime pickle on the nose, with toasty warmth and some bright, almost tropical fruits. The palate has a very open and appealing feel. Deep flavors are delivered in a generous sweeping texture, with toasty rise at the finish.  (10/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Bollinger's 2007 Brut La Grande Année is quite pretty. Elegant, restrained and understated in style, the 2007 is one of the more delicate young Grande Années I can remember tasting. Mid-weight structure and silky texture only reinforce that impression. Lemon oil, red berry, dried flowers and chamomile open up nicely, but it is the wine's overall feel that stands out most. Best of all, the 2007 will drink well with no cellaring. Disgorged: September 2016. (AG)  (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay from 14 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay. 91% grands crus and 9% premiers crus. Made using only the cuvée juice and fermented entirely in older barrels. Under cork during lees ageing. Disgorged June 2016. Dosage 7 g/l. From bottle. To the surprise of all the tasters round the table, the bottle of the 2007 seemed fresher and more youthful than the magnum. It was less open, tighter, with more obvious citrus character and pear fruit, even seems to taste drier but that is probably just because the whole thing seems fresher. Not as broad as the wine from magnum but more persistent, and, as far as this bottle is concerned, better ageing potential. (JH)  (5/2017)


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Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2017 | Send Email
Bollinger sources all their fruit from their 165 acres of Premier or Grand Cru vineyards that are Pinot Noir dominant to create the texture and finesse we have all grown to love from the producer. While 2007 was a more challenging vintage due to early bud bread and cool wet summer conditions, Bollinger's quality standard and impressive, yet time consuming, wine making techniques have created nothing less than an exceptional wine. I find the Pinot Noir fruit character is just starting to cross over to those more developed, earthy tones of reserved champagne. It is bold but bright with lemon zest and baking spice that stay on the palate during the long finish.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
Green almond on the nose, with vivid citrus and hints of rounder stonefruit fruit through the palate, this Grande Année feels significantly sharper than the 2005 – thanks to a cooler 2007 vintage – but keeps the honeyed, vinous character Bollinger does so well. This is a substantial Champagne with a structured backbone of acidity, while the delicate mousse keeps it lively and elegant. Fresh-drinking for now but with real aging potential, this bright release was a hit at the last customer tasting, and is a worthy addition to any cellar.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
It would be hard to do better than to be tasting Bollinger Grande Annee on the job, as part of the job, on a Tuesday afternoon. As it turns out though, I would soon be doing better indeed: Champagne buyer Gary Westby had an extra bottle for the closing crew to enjoy while counting out the drawers that night! Grande Annee is a delicious vintage Champagne, and in the case of this 2007, has what I would call a quiet complexity. Citrus and hazlenut aromas lead to a linear, nuanced palate that slowly reveals additional layers with air. There is plenty to ponder, and additional complexity that will surely continue to unfold with time. That said, this is not a huge production cuvee, and one of those luxury products where prestige is comfortably exceeded by the quality (no secret for this wine, by the way) so I would suggest laying claim to some now.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
This is a great find right now as very few stores have this wine available for purchase. This Champagne is made from all estate fruit and is fully barrel fermented. The vintage was a unique one, with early bud break, but luckily no frost, though it was cold and wet. Harvest came early though in August, but acidity levels remained high, which has allowed this wine to age beautifully over the last 10 years. It's still showy pretty racy, though it now has some good richness. This would be a great one to pick up and see how it develops over the next 10 years. An absolutely fabulous offering from Bollinger.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2017 | Send Email
As they said on Monty Python, "and now for something completely different!" This latest release of Grande Annee is as different from the 2005 vintage as can be. Whereas the 2005 is "classic" Bollinger with loads of creaminess, well-rounded oak and toasty notes, the 2007 is restrained with crystal clear acidity. Although dosed higher at 7g/l (the 2005 is 6g/l) this release comes off brighter. The 2007 has a peach and stone fruit character and white floral nose. A long finish with lemon/lime notes in the background and that Bollinger creme caramel. Bollinger has given us the best of two completely different styles with the 2005 and the 2007 siblings.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
The 2007 Grande Annee is classic Bollinger, and reminds me very much of their great 2004. It is composed of 70% Pinot Noir, mostly from Ay and Verzenay and 30% Chardonnay primarily from Avize, Cramant and Oger. I tasted a preview bottle with Denis Bunner and found it lovely, nutty, generous, and toasty on the nose. In the mouth it was full of intense, savory creamy, even nougat like flavors, and the finish had the chalky cut to balance out all of the decadence! If you love great vintage Champagne, this is not to be missed.
Drink from 2017 to 2047

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Other White Wines

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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12