I feel a bit daft writing a review of this wine. After all, it’s not headline news that Bollinger’s Grande Annee from a top vintage is a really good wine. But given a chance to take a sneak preview of this yet to be released Champagne (which will be available from February 2011), I thought I’d better share my impressions. This note is not from a tasting sample. The bottle was consumed. It’s very young, very primary, but quite serious.
Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année 2002
12% alcohol. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. 71% Grand Cru, 29% Premier Cru. Fermented in small French oak, with the second fermentation under natural cork; hand-disgorged (July 2010). Very precise, taut, pithy, citrussy nose is complex with lovely fresh apple notes. The palate is concentrated, dense and structured with very fresh citrus fruit dominating at the moment. Still primary, with grapefruit pith freshness. Really pure and with plenty of potential for further development. 94/100