A Jeroboam bottle of La Grande Annee 2004, presented in a green Wooden Gift Box. This is Bollinger’s prestige blend, produced only in the best vintage years.
Its delicate old gold colour is a sign of the maturity of the wine and of Bollinger's wine making methods. Intense nose with smoke, toasty aromas. In the mouth, candied citrus peel, hazelnut, almond and soft spices vanilla, cinnamon. A silky texture is proof of the lengthy ageing on lees and an ideal balance between body, length and freshness.
La Grand Annee are classic and complex Pinot Noir dominated Champagnes, powerful yet refined with the ability to age beautifully. They are produced only when a harvest reaches a perfect balance. It is Bollinger's interpretation of an exceptional year, whose virtues deserve to be brought to the fore, and whose quality ensures the continued production of the house's outstanding prestige vintages. Wines of exceptional quality are therefore needed from the outset: grapes used in making La Grande Annee vintages come from 100% Grands and Premiers Crus and are vinified to reveal a harmonious blend which portrays the characteristics of a remarkable viticultural year.
First fermentation is in 100% small aged old oak barrels, followed by 6 years ageing on its lees with manual riddling prior to disgorgement. After bottling, the second fermentation and cellar ageing are conducted under natural cork in order to protect them as much as possible from oxidation and preserve their freshness, as well as the bouquet and clarity of their aromas.
La Grande Annee develops a majestic vinosity, and intense, rich complex aromas, whose tonality varies according to the nature of each vintage.