Bollinger Grande Annee 2002

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BOLLINGER
Brut Champagne La Grande Année 2002
Score: 94
Release Price: $125
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Issue: Nov 30, 2011
Designation: Highly Recommended


Ripe, appealing flavors of peach, Gala apple, toast and blood orange mix with a streak of minerality and notes of spice, all set on the fine-grained texture. Fresh and focused, with racy acidity and a long, mouthwatering, nut-tinged finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases imported. –AN


2002 Bollinger Grande Annee
Bollinger
A Champagne Blend Dry White Sparkling wine from
Champagne, France

Wine Advocate #197
Nov 2011 Antonio Galloni 94pts.

The 2002 Brut La Grande Annee is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Annee that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Annee with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of heaviness at all. A rich, creamy finish adds the final note of complexity and pedigree. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 71% from Grand Cru villages and 29% from Premier Crus. Disgorged February 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

Bollinger is of course one of the great names in Champagne. The Special Cuvee is typically one of my favorite wines in its price range, but it is the 2004 Rose La Grande Annee that steals the show this year. Bollinger is unique among Champagne houses in that the reserve wines are all bottled in magnum and with natural cork, a huge, labor-intensive effort.
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année - France, Champagne (12/8/2011)
Not in the class of the Vilmart but really good. Group's overall wine of the night. Toast, minerals, honey, pine nuts and orange peel. Very balanced Champagne and multiple layered flavors with no hard edges. This should develop over time and improve. Drink now to 2020. (93 points)
IW, thanks for the note.

This is a wine that should not be missed in her youth. The wine will age well, but showing so well early.

As for Pinot based Champagne as this wine is, give me this wine 10 out of 10 times against any Pinot based Vilmart Champagne.

Vilmart Cuvee Creation is often excellent, but 70%+ Chardonnay.

All this Champagne talk is making me thirsty. Cool
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année - France, Champagne (10/6/2012)
All Five First Growths Tasting (Kevin's (Minneapolis)): Wonderful Champagne with citrus, grapefruit, green apple and lemon. On the palate nice minerality. Medium to long finish and complex. Should drink well for a decade. (94 points)

My friend bought some at $85 a bottle. Great wine for the money!

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