La Grande Année is Bollinger’s Prestige Cuvée and is only produced when exceptional vintages occur. The grapes come exclusively from Grand and Premier Crus. The 2004 vintage is a blend of 16 crus, including 88% Grands crus and 12% Premiers crus. Bollinger use only the ‘cuvée’ juice in the making of La Grande Année. The first fermentation is always carried out 100% in old oak barrels, which is quite exceptional in Champagne. The wine is aged on its lees for a minimum of 5 years, often more. After manual riddling and disgorging, the wine rests for a minimum of 3 months prior to shipment. Rich gold, almost pink showing the maturity of the wine. Toasty, candied fruits, notes of exotic spices, rhubarb, stone fruit. Silky bubbles,full bodied, wonderful length and concentration. A delight on it's own, the structure of La Grande Année compliments richer foods such as foie gras, sweetbreads, game and aromatic cheeses.
Grapes: Pinot Noir (66%), Chardonnay (34%)