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Bollinger La Grande Année 2007

Mousserande vin från Champagne Frankrike

Vinet är ett av de kraftigare och fylligare champagnerna på marknaden och gör sig mycket bra till eleganta rätter av skaldjur, fisk eller fågel. 91 % av druvorna kommer från Grand Cru-vingårdar och 1 % från Premiers crus.
Distrikt Champagne
Druvor Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Årgång 2007
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Tillverkare Bollinger
Artikelnr Bollinger 102
Lagerstatus 12
I Lager
Per flaska Per låda
Pris
1119kr
6714kr
(Antal flaskor / låda: 6)

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95/100
Richard Juhlin
It might seem a bit surprising that Bollinger skipped the great vintage of 2006 for the more modest 2007. For me that choice is however quite logical since the Bollinger house style is much better suited to austere vintages than for fruit bombs. Here we have a classic and perfectly balanced Bollinger with deep layers and beautiful crisp apple acidity. Gorgeous balance between the dark and light as a perfect Ying and Yang marriage. Layers of dry cocoa, hazelnut fudge, dried apricots and juicy red apples dominate over a beautiful hint of forest aromas based on sous bois and mushrooms in the background. One of the three best Champagnes from this vintage.

Blend of the 2007 vintage 

65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay.  21 crus:  mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay.
Exclusive use of the cuvee.  

Fermented entirely in barrels.
At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage: the exceptional 2012 vintage led to Bollinger creating expressive wines that were simultaneously full, fresh and complex.
Maturation 
Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation.
Dosage 
Moderate, 8 grams per liter.


o the eye  

The delicate colour and golden hues are a sign of the wine’s maturity and Bollinger’s wine-making methods.

 

To the nose 
Full and expressive. Apricot, almond and hazelnut, followed by notes of honey and cereals intertwining in a symphony of aromas.
On the palate 
Exceptional texture and structure. 
Dense, silky with a long finish. Fresh and full with a delicious refined finish.

La Grande Année 2012 is the perfect champagne for gourmet food. 

To fully appreciate its unique style and aromas, La Grande Année 2012 is best served between 8 and 10°C. 

You can enjoy La Grande Année 2012 now or choose to age it in your cellar.

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Bollinger - 1829 - An adventurous aristocrat and two experts in wine

The story began with Athanase de Villermont, son of a noble family, who inherited an extensive estate the Aÿ area. He foresaw the potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in trade. He then met Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who had left his country to learn about the Champagne wine trade, and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine. The firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded in Febuary 1829.

In 1837 Joseph Bollinger married the daughter of Athanase, and in time their sons, Joseph and then Georges, took over the business. Despite challenges, as the phylloxera crisis to the turmoil of the Great War, they extended its vineyards considerably. 

In 1920 Jacques Bollinger, son of Georges, found himself at the helm of the House: a weighty burden for a 24-year old. He faced the challenge with courage, aided by his cousins Pierre and then Yves Moret de Rocheprise; for the strength of Bollinger also lies in its powerful family ties. 

in 1923 Jacques married Elisabeth Bollinger, who became passionately involved with the House’s destiny. She lost her husband at 42 and, without hesitation, took the responsibility of the House.

With her customary common sense, Madame Bollinger gathered those in the family who were most able to follow in her footsteps. Firstly she taught Claude d’Hautefeuille, her niece’s husband, and 1950 he became a Director, who launched an ambitious modernisation programme whilst respecting Bollinger’s quality requirements. Madame Bollinger appointed him Chairman in 1971 but remained closely involved until her death six years later.

Madame Bollinger’s nephew, Christian Bizot, took over from Claude in 1978. A great traveller, like his Aunt Lily before him he made a point of meeting with sommeliers, restaurant owners and wine merchants to promote the House’s wines. A great Chairman, he was well known for his outspokenness and informality.

In 1994 Joseph Bollinger’s great-great-grandson Ghislain de Montgolfier became head of the House. He continues to maintain a policy of voluntarily limiting amounts produced to increase quality, while remaining true to the Bollinger spirit. In 2007 his technical expertise led him to be elected as head of the Board of the Union des Maisons de Champagne and co-chairman of the Comité Champagne.

In 2008, for the first time in its history, the House placed its future into the care of a Chairman who was not a family member. Their choice fell on Jérôme Philipon, originally from the Champagne region, who had led an impressive career with large industrial groups. The choice might be unexpected - but Bollinger has never hesitated to reject conformity for the good of the House and its wines! With the Bollinger family’s support, Jérôme Philipon has extended his predecessor’s programme of modernisation and investment. With him, the House has continued to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies for the future development of the brand, both in terms of quality and commercial growth.

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