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First Taste: Bollinger La Grande Année 2008, then a century back in time

April 17, 2019

Leading wine publication Decanter has not only given Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année 2008 high marks with a 97 Point score, but it has also dedicated a feature to highlight the label’s new packaging, innovation at the winery and a look back at more than a century of La Grande Année vintages dating back to 1918. The publication notes that La Grande Année “is not only the millesime of the house, but also its cornerstore of style.” This beautifully detailed piece goes into several specifics that differentiate Bollinger from other Houses as it relates to production. Additionally, Cellar Master Gilles Descotes is quoted noting that “Beyond being the house’s unique expression of a harvest, this cuvee is also the fruit of traditional expertise that has become rare in Champagne.” Decanter attended the official launch event for the vintage at the Estate and was surprised to experience a vertical tasting of La Grande Année vintages dating back to 1918. You can read the full story, along with scores of past vintages HERE

Decanter April 2019 Feature

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