Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Vintage 150cl

Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Vintage 150cl

Nimi: Bollinger La Grande Année Brut Vintage 150cl

Riik/regioon: Prantsusmaa, Champagne

Tootja: Champagne Bollinger

Aastakäik: 2008

Mari: 71% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay

Alkoholisisaldus: 12% vol.

Tootekood: 109

Hinnaklass: €€€

Aastakäigu ehk "vintage" vääriline saagiaasta Champagne’s tähendab, et koristatud saak ja ka valmiv vein väljendavad endas erakordset kvaliteeti ja aastakäigu kordumatust. Sellistel aastatel saavutavad viinamarjad ideaalse küpsusastme, õigustades otsust valmistada veinisegu ühe kindla aastakäigu veinidest. Üksikaastakäigu champagne La Grande Année annab tunnistust Bollinger’i suursugususest, kombineerides iga aastakäigu eripära Bollinger’i veinmaja unikaalse stiiliga, rõhutades omakorda iga "terroir" omapära ja traditsioonilisi veinivalmistamise meetodeid.

La Grande Année valmistatakse 71% Pinot Noir ja 29% Chardonnay viinamarjadest, mis pärinevad 18st erinevast "cru" viinamarjaaiast (75% on "grand crus" ja 25% "premiers crus") Ay´, Bouzy, Tauxieres, Cuis, Grauves, Oger ja Choilly külakeste ümbrusest. Esmane käärimisprotsess toimub 205, 225 ja 410 liitri suurustes vanades tammevaatides, vältides tugevate tammenüansside ja tanniinide omandamist. Kõik viinamarjasordid, eri viinamarjaaiad ja sageli ka aedade erinevad osad  kääritatakse eraldi. Veini küpsemisperiood pärmisettel kestab veinikeldris rohkem kui 8 aastat, kinnitatuna ajutiste "seenkorkidega". Pärast dégorgé'i lisatakse veinile dosage, La Grande Année puhul 8 grammi liitri kohta.

La Grande Année on märkimisväärselt täidlane ja intensiivne, rikkalik ja kompleksne, väljendades kindla aastakäigu kasvu - ja ilmastikutingimusi. Värvus on kahvatu kollane kuldsete varjunditega. Aroom on äärmiselt kompleksne ja aromaatne, puuviljane, vürtsikas, floraalne, tunda metsikut virsikut, ploomi, apelsinikoort, safranit, väga värske ja mineraalne. Maitse on kontsentreeritud ja harmooniline, kreemine, äärmiselt värske, suurepärane elav mineraalsus, delikaaatne soolakas järelmaitse. Väga kõrge küpsemispotentsiaaliga 35 - 40 aastat. 

Serveerida temperatuuril 8 - 10 kraadi. Toitudest sobib suurepäraselt pannil praetud kammkarbiga, kammkarbi tartar'iga, grillitud homaariga, kvaliteetse linnulihaga kerges kooreses kastmes, vinnitatud singiga, küpsete juustudega.

Richard Juhlin 98 p
Wine Advocate 97+ p
Decanter 97 p

This is a regal and heroic Bollinger characterized by restrained power and energetic energy. I love meeting this untouched force and carefully analysing its sublime elements, but at the same time I have to admit that we are dealing with a real "vin de garde" that will not reach its maximum capacity before its 25th birthday. The structure is impressive, based of course on the high acidity of the vintage in the first place. This very high acid means that the other building blocks can appear as subordinate, but they have a great wealth of both oak embossed secondary aromas and flaunted dark fruit. At present, the aromatic spectrum is characterized by fresh hazelnuts from Piedmont, green apples, critical minerals and perfumed orange blossoms. Buy a box and follow its aromatic journey to heaven. Richard Juhlin (March 2019) 98 points

Bollinger's 2008 La Grande Année is superb, wafting from the glass with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, ripe lemons, honeycomb, warm biscuits, dried white flowers and a delicate top note of walnuts and fino sherry. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a beautifully refined mousse, superb concentration at the tightly wound core, incisive acids and a supremely elegant intermingling of Bollinger's oxidative stylistic signatures with fresh, vibrant fruit. The finish is long, precise and chalky. This is a Grande Année built for the cellar—the real excitement will come with a bit more bottle age—but this is already a thrilling Champagne in the making. Finished with eight grams per liter dosage, it was disgorged by hand in July 2018. This is also the first vintage of Grande Année to be bottled in Bollinger's new narrower-necked 1846 bottle, which should make for a slower evolving wine. 
Drinking window 2022 - 2060. Wine Advocate (March 2019) 97+ points

In 2008, the remarkable maturity of the grapes combined with an amazing acidity has produced a vintage of great balance, concentration and depth. The wine was aged for nine years on its lees, then for another year following disgorgement. Bright straw in colour with pinprick bubbles, it blooms on the nose with a fresh lemon leaf aroma, a sniff of strawberry and white chocolate and a candied peanut toastiness in depth. On the palate it’s silky, broad and lingering, showing a kind of bittersweet fruit profile with grapefruit and peach kernel notes, and an amazing chalky, mineral finish. It will keep well. Wait to drink it if in magnum or bigger. Drinking window 2020 - 2045. Decanter Magazine (March 2019) 97 points