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1996 Bollinger - La Grande Annee 750ml
1996 Bollinger - La Grande Annee
France - Champagne
White / Champagne Blend
1996 Bollinger - La Grande Annee
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93+

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 111

($85) Medium yellow color. Brooding aromas of pineapple, pine needles, toffee and nuts. Dense, full and quite dry, with penetrating fruit, hints of oak spice, and powerful acids that have not yet come into harmony. But this extremely impressive young Bollinger vintage shifts into a higher gear on the back end, showing even more flavor intensity than it does in the middle palate. This boasts the near-freakish combination of high ripeness and high acidity shared by the best '96s. Builds and builds on the back; one must practically scrape this off the palate. A worthy follow-up to the '95, and likely to develop in bottle for a couple of decades. (Dreyfus-Ashby, New York, NY)

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JR
18

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Creamy, evolved flattering nose. Sweet and rich and lemon cream palate – not especially champagne-like in fact. Clean, brisk finish. Good, racy finish.

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RJ
93

Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin

In many respects the wine is reminiscent of the critically acclaimed '90 with its exotically rich fruit and a timbre somewhat less masculine than in the more classic vintages. Nor does one find the Krug-like elegance that the '95 displays. But that could very well prove to be compensated for with the fantastically high acidity. A magnificent, powerful wine in all respects, which breathes more and more greatness every time I open a new bottle.

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Community Reviews

91

iamawineguy Tasted On: 06/20/2009

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