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In 1976, Bollinger Vintage became Grande Année; then, in 1997, “La” Grande Année... A name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status: because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. La Grande Année made its screen débuts two years later, in James Bond’s Casino Royale. Bollinger’s prestige champagne is produced only when the harvest reaches a perfect balance. La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is therefore exclusivelyvinified in small aged oak barrels. Champagne Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. Aftera prolonged ageing on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand.
Production area: 18 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay. 84% Grands crus and 16% Premier crus. Exclusive use of the cuvee.
Grapes and blend: 71% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay.
Vinification and ageing: at Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become vintage: in 2008, the remarkable maturity of the grapes combined with a phenomenal acidity have produced a wine of infinite depth and allowed an exceptional vintage to be created. Fermented entirely in barrels. Maturation: cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation. Sealed with a natural cork whilst ageing. Vinified exclusively in barrels. Riddled and disgorged by hand.
Colour: the delicate colour and golden hues are a sign of the wine’s maturityand reflective of Bollinger’s wine-making methods.
Perlage: fine, elegant and persistent.
Dosage: low, 8 grams per liter.