2002 Bollinger - La Grande Annee 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

A stunning edition of one of the great vintage Champagnes that sees immense power and freshness carry the inherent complexity that is the cornerstone of the Bollinger style. Lemon rind, chalk, lime juice and light-grilled nuts here, this has terrific freshness and fragrant lift, gently sweet biscuity complexity here too. The palate's crisp, powerful, assertive and long, delivering a wealth of apple, melon and citrus fruit flavour amid lemon biscuit, almond nougat and a jousting savoury vs. cleansing finish. It's superb now, but will grow and develop handsomely for some years if well cellared. Drink from 2016.

Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 197

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Vinous | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2013-2022
Author: Antonio Galloni


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Ripe, appealing flavors of peach, Gala apple, toast and blood orange mix with a streak of minerality, racy acidity and spice notes, all set on the fine-grained texture. Fresh and focused, with a long, mouthwatering, nut-tinged finish.

Drink Dates: 2011-2025
Author: Alison Napjus


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay exclusively from the grands and premiers crus vineyards in the classic Champagne region of France. The 2002 vintage is a blend of 16 villages, 75% of which are grand cru and 25% from premier cru. Bollinger use only the 'cuvée’ juice in the making of La Grande Année and the first fermentation is always carried out 100% in old oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees for a minimum of five years. After manual riddling and disgorging, the wine rests for a minimum of three months prior to shipment. RS 7.1 g/l. 33 stores.Real class here. Layers of flavour and extreme intensity and dry finish. Grown up. Very clean and still youthful.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Anonymous Author
Tasted On: 05/22/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2020

Rating: 90
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/12/2012
a toast feel quite well balanced with the champagne sweet and bubble. brought more fun for taste!

Rating: 90
Author: will1408
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/01/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2015
nice crisp, fresh, citrus/tropical

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

265 bottles owned by 43 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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