Bollinger Grande Annee 2004

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Tasting Notes

Disgorged Sep’14. Bollinger makes the heaviest and richest of all the Champagnes. The first fermentation takes place as usual in oak barrels and the final blend contains wines from 16 different villages, all Grand Cru (88%) or Premier Cru (12%). Their wines are always a smoky and fragrant hazelnut complexity that is hard to beat. Since the year 1990 made ??vintage wines from Bollinger in a little fruitier more scented with peaches with slightly less pronounced smokiness and nuttiness. The 04 is super comfortable with a lovely balance and accessible creaminess of chocolate and nutty undertones already. It can surely be kept for a very long time in the cellar and despite its early charm.

Score: 93 - 94

Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club 15 December 2015

(Tasted bliind at the Royal Household Wine Committee Tasting). Really interesting, complex nose with lots of age and development and real polished autumn-leaf characters. Fascinating wine that is probably too interesting to throw back at a reception. Really complete and fascinating. 18/20

Score: 18

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com 24 November 2014

Hint of oak on the nose. Very winning and interesting. Extremely savoury. But with some flirtatious lift on the finish. Very persistent.

Score: 18 - 19

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2010-2020 05 June 2013

Light, bright gold. Powerful orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by smoky lees, iodine, chamomile and buttered toast. At once fleshy and energetic, offering deeply pitched poached pear, peach pit and brioche flavors and a suave floral element. Finishes smoky and very long, with mounting spiciness and lingering floral and vanilla notes.

Score: 94

Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar 01 November 2013

(It) is Kaufmann and then-director Ghislain de Montgolfier who can take responsibility for the success that is Bollinger’s 2004 Brut Grande Annee, a bottling that, in marrying the restraint associated with young wines from this house with that of a relatively cool and copious but ultimately fascinating vintage, has rendered a work of subtle intrigue and refinement that will merit a dozen or more years’ attention. Quite pale in color and with unexpectedly green-gold shimmering, this two-thirds Pinot Noir cuvee displays alluringly silken texture and refinement of mousse as well as delicacy. Fresh white peach, yellow tomato, lime, and rhubarb offer subtly tart, brightly juicy succulence, and a mingling of chalk and sweet-saline oyster liquor serves for saliva-inducement in a long finish tinged with lightly toasted grains and nuts. It will be good to return next year to Bollinger, one of the houses I visited on my first day in Champagne 30 years ago and a longtime favorite.

Score: 93

David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 01 November 2013