International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Gold-tinged color. Deep, maturing aromas of toffee, butterscotch, ginger and molasses. Fat and rich in the mouth, with excellent intensity; in the mature Bollinger style but far more successful than the bottling from the lower-acid 1989 vintage. Thick with extract, and palate-staining on the aftertaste. A main-course Champagne.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2000
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92I highly recommend the Bollinger 1990 Grande Annee (92+; $70.00). It is extremely backward, but, wow, what intensity and richness it possesses. The structure is akin to a serious red wine.Author: Robert Parker
Rating: 19Magnum. Pale copper. Rich and mushroomy on the nose. Broad and firm. Quite a bit of evolution but it's much less evolved than Dom P or Krug 1990. This could be the perfect moment to drink this. Wonderful persistence.Author: Jancis Robinson
Rating: 95A sense of opulence marks this highly concentrated, creamy-textured 1990 Champagne, with its ripe, generous fruit flavors complementing the toasty, honeyed nuances acquired from aging on the lees. Lingering finish. 20,000 cases made.
Self | Rating:Author: Joseph G
Self | Rating: 94Fantastiskt rik och typisk BollingerAuthor: Bamse
Self | Rating: 95Great wine, straw-like color with hints of truffle and honey on the nose. Really opened up after 45 minutes. Has many years left.Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Will M.
Self | Rating:Light straw in color with fine bubbles. The nose showed honey, almonds, marzipan, and distinct green apple. Medium acidity it seemed a bit oxidized though not unpleasantly so. Flavors of carmel, apple, yeast and more honey rounded out the palate. I wish there were less of us so that we could have had more! So tasty! So much fun!Author: Ryan Opaz
Self | Rating: 97This was amazing. Very structured with a nutty character. Very long finish.Drink Dates: 2010+Author: flavio
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Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing , , and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile.
Champagne is a challenging place to grow grapes. Winter freeze, spring frost, heavy rains, and cloudy skies in this cool, continental climate are the norm. Growers must manage a high degree of annual volatility in weather and blending across varieties and vintages is required to create consistency in the wines. Despite the challenges, Champagne has an ideal climate and terroir for sparkling wine production. Chalk-dominated soils provide drainage after rainstorms but retain sufficient water during dry periods, and cool weather produces grapes with high acid and low sugar levels, even in the warmest years. In the rare seasons when weather conditions are at their best, wine aficionados across the globe are blessed with vintage Champagne, one of the most age-worthy and delicious wines in the world.
Champagne blends are composed of the region’s three main varieties: , , and . contributes a light body, high acidity, and floral and citrus fruit character to the wine. Pinot Noir adds body and structure along with aromas of red fruit, while Pinot Meunier contributes fresh fruit. Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are made from white grapes only, while Blanc de Noirs Champagnes are made with black grapes only.
Young champagne typically displays aromas of pear, apple, lemon, popcorn, vanilla, almonds, and cream. With age, Champagne can impart very complex mineral- and earth-driven aromas. For some of the finest examples, look to the houses of , , , and .Champagne’s high acidity and festive bubbles make it one of our favorite pairings, and match it well with buttery, fatty, and salty foods. Classics include caviar, oysters, clams, creamy cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and popcorn.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 271 bottles owned
- 95 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 95 collectors)