|Champagne||1996||Bollinger La Grande Année|
6 bottle minimum order
|BT||2||6||2,160.00||12||30||240||95.00||95.00||Bollinger Grande Annee||0.75|
|Champagne||1996||Bollinger La Grande Année New||MG||0||3||2,600.00||6||3||288.88888866667||95.00||95.00||Bollinger Grande Annee||1.5|
|Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.|
A late release from the 1996 vintage, this glorious Champagne is worth stocking. Full-bodied and powerful, with a complex nose of grains, ginger and baking bread that turns to honey, citrus and nuts on the palate as it unfolds. Very firmly structured and intense, followed by a long nutty aftertaste. A Champagne for food. Superb. Best from 2005 through 2020. 1,700 cases imported. Highly Recommended.
The assemblage of Bollinger's Grande Annee 1996 consists of 75 percent grand cru and 25 percent premier cru vineyards, drawing on Pinot Noir (70 percent) for its weight and Chardonnay (30 percent) for finesse. Each vineyard lot is fermented seperately in neutral oak casks, after which a strict selection determines the final blend. This is a glorious '96, a vintage with high maturity and racy structure, full-bodied and powerful. Complex nose of grains, ginger and baking bread turn to honey, citrus and nuts on the palate as it unfolds. Very firmly structured and intense, followed by a long nutty aftertaste. A champagne for food. Superb. Best from 2005 through 2020.
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.