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Bollinger Champagne Blend Champagne la Grande Année 1995

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The House of Bollinger only produces vintage champagnes in exceptional years, when the grapes have reached a perfect quality and maturity with a perfect balance between the acids and sugars. Hence the denomination "Grande Année" given to this champagne which, unlike the "Special Cuvée", is only produced from grapes of that particular harvest. The Bollinger Grande Année remains, however, a blended wine from crus and grape varieties. In this sense it too carries the expression of the House style. However, in this case, the style is also dependent on the characteristics of the given vintage. It is the best wine Bollinger can produce in an individual year by exposing its particular character. In nineteen-ninety-five, a mild wet fall and winter were followed by a generally cool and very rainy spring, though there were great variations between hot and cold days and significant frosts on April 20 and 21, with good weather, finally, from mid-June. Flowering was late, but, unusually, consistent among the three grape varieties, with the heart of the flowering between June 25 and 27. Above average long hours of sunshine, combined with the effects of Bollinger's green harvest, led to a relatively early harvest, beginning of September 20. The average yield was 11 000 kg per hectare. Grande Année 1995 The grape supply comes only from grands crus and premiers crus vineyards of Champagne. 17 crus were used in the blend of the Grande Année 1995, 82 % from grands crus and 18 % from premiers crus. Grande Année 1995 was only produced from the cuvée The first fermentation was done in small oak casks (205, 225 and 410 litres), lot by lot, cru by cru, grape variety by grape variety. This allows Bollinger to use a very strict selection process. Bollinger only uses old casks (5 years old or older) to ensure that neither tannin or oak flavours are imparted to the wines. This method increases both the aromatic complexity and the ageing capacity of such wines. The blend of the Grande Année 1995 is composed of: 63% pinot noir and 37% chardonnay After bottling, the second fermentation and the ageing in the cellars are done using a real cork stopper, which ensures a better barrier against oxidisation than the crown cap. After disgorgement by hand, the Grande Année 1995 will rest for a minimum of three months before shipment. This is necessary for the wine to assimilate the liqueur d'expédition and recover from the shock created by disgorgement.

Bollinger:
The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. Pinot Noir predominates, a demanding grape variety with an intense character which forms the backbone of the Bollinger style. Continuity of style is ensured by an exceptional collection of over 600,000 reserve magnums, making Bollinger the only champagne House with such a wide and precise palette of... Read more
The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. Pinot Noir predominates, a demanding grape variety with an intense character which forms the backbone of the Bollinger style. Continuity of style is ensured by an exceptional collection of over 600,000 reserve magnums, making Bollinger the only champagne House with such a wide and precise palette of aromas for their blends.   As a guarantee of supreme quality, the best crus are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,000 small, aged casks. The House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement. This is not out of vanity, but because a great wine needs the luxury of time to develop its full character. Read less

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Source: Uncorked.com
01/12/2010

96 rating by WineReviewOnline.com


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2009

This wine was recommended, but no tasting note was given. Robert Parker. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 1995 Bollinger Grande Annee 750ml



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The House of Bollinger only produces vintage champagnes in exceptional years, when the grapes have reached a perfect quality and maturity with a perfect balance between the acids and sugars. Hence the denomination "Grande Année" given to this champagne which, unlike the "Special Cuvée", is only produced from grapes of that particular harvest. The Bollinger Grande Année remains, however, a blended wine from crus and grape varieties. In this sense it too carries the expression of the House style. However, in this case, the style is also dependent on the characteristics of the given vintage. It is the best wine Bollinger can produce in an individual year by exposing its particular character. In nineteen-ninety-five, a mild wet fall and winter were followed by a generally cool and very rainy spring, though there were great variations between hot and cold days and significant frosts on April 20 and 21, with good weather, finally, from mid-June. Flowering was late, but, unusually, consistent among the three grape varieties, with the heart of the flowering between June 25 and 27. Above average long hours of sunshine, combined with the effects of Bollinger's green harvest, led to a relatively early harvest, beginning of September 20. The average yield was 11 000 kg per hectare. Grande Année 1995 The grape supply comes only from grands crus and premiers crus vineyards of Champagne. 17 crus were used in the blend of the Grande Année 1995, 82 % from grands crus and 18 % from premiers crus. Grande Année 1995 was only produced from the cuvée The first fermentation was done in small oak casks (205, 225 and 410 litres), lot by lot, cru by cru, grape variety by grape variety. This allows Bollinger to use a very strict selection process. Bollinger only uses old casks (5 years old or older) to ensure that neither tannin or oak flavours are imparted to the wines. This method increases both the aromatic complexity and the ageing capacity of such wines. The blend of the Grande Année 1995 is composed of: 63% pinot noir and 37% chardonnay After bottling, the second fermentation and the ageing in the cellars are done using a real cork stopper, which ensures a better barrier against oxidisation than the crown cap. After disgorgement by hand, the Grande Année 1995 will rest for a minimum of three months before shipment. This is necessary for the wine to assimilate the liqueur d'expédition and recover from the shock created by disgorgement.

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