“One of the three best champagnes from this vintage.” Richard Juhlin
‘Bolly’ needs little introduction. Whilst its non-vintage Special Cuvée, contends with the best in its category the vintage, La Grande Année, has prestige cuvée quality without the three figure price tag. Combine this with its sheer quality and accessibility on release and one has to concede there are few who can compete. Not just delicious then, but also somewhat of a bargain.
Richard Juhlin, the world’s foremost Champagne expert, agrees. He enthuses that "Vintage Bollinger has become one of the milestones in the world of Champagne… Each vintage is awesome, and although they age very well, one can advantageously drink them as soon as they are released".
The latest release is the 2007 which adeptly displays all the hallmarks of the Bollinger house style. It has lovely baked apple aromas which lead into a fine textured mousse and wonderfully deep, pure fruited palate.
“It might seem a bit surprising that Bollinger skipped the great vintage of 2006 for the more modest 2007. For me that choice is however quite logical since the Bollinger house style is much better suited to austere vintages than for fruit bombs. Here we have a classic and perfectly balanced Bollinger with deep layers and beautiful crisp apple acidity. Gorgeous balance between the dark and light as a perfect Ying and Yang marriage. Layers of dry cocoa, hazelnut fudge, dried apricots and juicy red apples dominate over a beautiful hint of forest aromas based on sous bois and mushrooms in the background. One of the three best champagnes from this vintage.”