We are delighted to offer the eagerly awaited release of Bollinger La Grande Année 2014.
Scoring a whopping 98 points from Vinous’ Antonio Galloni, this is the highest score he has ever awarded any Bollinger:
“The 2014 La Grande Année is stunning. In fact, it is one of the best recent editions I can remember tasting.”
“A truly magical Grande Année that will delight Champagne fans for several decades. I can’t recommend the 2014 highly enough. It’s a total knock-out.”
With booming global demand on champagne, the best time to buy vintages from top producers is straight away, before the market is hoovered up. As you can see from the table below, the last three vintages of La Grande Année have all increased in price since release:
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Only produced during very high-quality harvests, this unique expression of the 2014 vintage is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay, with the fruit coming exclusively from Grand Crus and Premier Crus; mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay.
La Grande Année is the embodiment of a timeless champagne. Vinification takes place in oak barrels that are around 20 years old. This helps the wine develop complex aromas, and, thanks to micro-oxygenation, lends an extraordinary ageing potential. Click HERE to take an interactive virtual tour of the historic cellars under Bollinger’s Aÿ House.
Bollinger’s Chef de Cave, Denis Brunner describes the 2014 vintage as one of pure “classicism“, making this Grande Année a must have for any fan of the house. These wines are due in next month so If you would like to order, do let me know and I can confirm, subject to remaining unsold.
Bollinger La Grande Année 2014 (6x75cl)
98 Points | Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2014 La Grande Année is stunning. In fact, it is one of the best recent editions I can remember tasting. What comes through most is the wine’s sizzling energy and tension, qualities that aren’t often associated with Bollinger, where the Champagnes tend to show more breadth and volume. In 2014, readers will find a Grande Année built on linear intensity and drive.
The 2014 is a blend taken from 19 villages, 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay instead of the more typical 70/30 mix. For the second time in two decades (the first was 2007), Verzenay takes the lead in the Pinots over Aÿ, more or less an inverse from the norm. Verzenay, a north-facing village in the Montagne de Reims that saw less rain than Aÿ and most of the Vallée de la Marne, yields Pinots of energy more than volume. That, married with Chardonnays mostly from the Côtes des Blancs (predominantly Chouilly, Vertus, Oiry and Cramant), results in a truly magical Grande Année that will delight Champagne fans for several decades. I can’t recommend the 2014 highly enough. It’s a total knock-out. Disgorged: April, 2021. Dosage: 8 grams per liter.
95 Points | William Keeley, Wine Advocate
Offering up complex aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, confit citrus, frangipane, walnuts, dried white flowers and subtle hints of iodine, Bollinger’s 2014 Brut La Grande Année is medium to full-bodied, pillowy and vinous, with an elegantly fleshy core of fruit that’s underpinned by racy acids and complemented by a pretty pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a long, chalky finish, this is a charming but precise Grande Année that’s more giving and demonstrative than its immediate predecessor, the 2012, but which attains a very similar level of quality in a more challenging vintage—testimony to the serious viticulture that underpins Bollinger’s contemporary excellence.
In the 2014 vintage, Bollinger has once again produced both a Grande Année and Grande Année Rosé. The fruit of a cooler, rather rainy season punctuated by a sunny month of June, in 2014 Bollinger opted to pick late but quickly, harvesting all of their fruit in a mere 10 days; and the house’s blends for Grande Année favored the crus of Verzy and Verzenay, and an unusually high proportion of Chardonnay (at 39%). The result is two very elegant, precise, giving Champagnes, with all the mid-palate intensity one expects from Bollinger but defined more by purity and precision than by power. Charming and expressive out of the gates, they’re also built to age with grace. Bollinger’s Denis Brunner describes the 2014 vintage as one of pure “classicism” for the house, after the more “baroque” 2012s, and that’s a very concise summation of the distinctions readers will find in the glass, which I’m at a loss to better. But I’ll add that the quality of these 2014s is indicative of the serious agronomy that distinguishes Bollinger’s vineyards as, along with Roederer’s, the best maintained of any big houses’ in the region. Both wines reviewed here come warmly recommended.
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