1996 Bollinger - La Grande Annee 750ml

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IWC 93+   WS 93   RJ 93   JR 18   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93+

($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)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 111

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

This is full-bodied, with berry, bread dough and citrus aromas and flavors unfolding on the palate. It's firm and muscular, with depth, intensity and a long, lingering aftertaste. A Champagne for the table.

Drink Dates: 2004-2015
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 93

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.

Author: Richard Juhlin

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

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

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 91
Author: iamawineguy
Tasted On: 06/20/2009

Rating: 89
Author: MarcelB
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/26/2014
Typical Bollinger oxidative style,powerful,needs food,lacking in refinement.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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1074 bottles owned by 353 collectors.

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About This Producer

Bollinger is considered one the top Champagne houses. Originally founded in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin, it has been the purveyor to the British Court since 1884, as well as several other European kingdoms. Bollinger has a classic, full-bodied style that reflects its Pinot-dominated cuv�es. This house is known for its muscular champagnes and R.D. cuv�es, which are kept for approximately ten years on their yeast lees.

See other similar producers: Billecart-Salmon, Salon

Wine Varietal: Champagne Blend

Three major varieties are used in a Champagne Blend: Chardonnay, which provides a smooth, creamy texture and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which provide depth and backbone. Most Champagne is non-vintage (NV), produced with grapes from several different vintages. Vintage Champagnes are made in exceptional years and must contain 80% grapes from that year. Champagne, France is the only region permitted to put "Champagne" on the label.

Blanc de Blancs: Meaning "white of white," blanc de blancs Champagne is 100% Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs: Meaning "white of red," is 100% Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend.

Rose Champagne: A small amount of still red wine is added during the blending process, creating a rose hue.

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