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Bollinger Champagne Blend Champagne la Grande Année 1996

Winemaker's Notes:

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. The grape supply comes only from grands crus and premiers crus vineyards of Champagne. 16 crus were used in the assemblage of the Grande Année 1996, 75 % from grands crus and 25 % from premiers crus. The blend of Grande Année 1996 is made of 70 % pinot noir and 30 % chardonnay Vinification of Grande Année 1996 Grande Année 1996 was only produced from the CUVEE 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 nor oak flavours are imparted to the wines. This method increases both the aromatic complexity and the ageing capacity of such wines. Grande Année 1996 ages in the cellars under natural cork After bottling, the second fermentation and the ageing in the cellars, is done using a real cork stopper, which ensures a better barrier against oxidization than the crown cap. This process, quite unique in champagne, is a guarantee of freshness and allows the aromas to keep their bouquet and clearness. After disgorging by hand, Grande Année 1996 will rest for a minimum of 3 months before shipping. 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

External Reviews for Bollinger Champagne Blend Champagne la Grande Année

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

This is full-bodied, with berry, bread dough and citrus aromas and flavors unfolding on the palate. Itrsquo;s firm and muscular, with depth, intensity and a long, lingering aftertaste. A Champagne for the table. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/22/2013

This is full-bodied, with berry, bread dough and citrus aromas and flavors unfolding on the palate. Its firm and muscular, with depth, intensity and a long, lingering aftertaste. A Champagne for the table. Drink now through 2015. 400 cases imported. Wine Spectator. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 1996 Bollinger Grande Annee 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Blockbuster aromas of honey and toast, ripe apples and citrus are complex from the first pour and develop even more complexity with air, turning meatier and more savory. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with cascading flavors of buttered nuts and lush fruit, all balanced by great acidity and length. Drink now or hold another 5 years.


External Review
Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

Bollinger Grand Année 1996: Jahrgang: 1996Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: ChampagneWeingut: BollingerRebsorte: Restzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: Champagner - Sekt - Prickelndes



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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. The grape supply comes only from grands crus and premiers crus vineyards of Champagne. 16 crus were used in the assemblage of the Grande Année 1996, 75 % from grands crus and 25 % from premiers crus. The blend of Grande Année 1996 is made of 70 % pinot noir and 30 % chardonnay Vinification of Grande Année 1996 Grande Année 1996 was only produced from the CUVEE 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 nor oak flavours are imparted to the wines. This method increases both the aromatic complexity and the ageing capacity of such wines. Grande Année 1996 ages in the cellars under natural cork After bottling, the second fermentation and the ageing in the cellars, is done using a real cork stopper, which ensures a better barrier against oxidization than the crown cap. This process, quite unique in champagne, is a guarantee of freshness and allows the aromas to keep their bouquet and clearness. After disgorging by hand, Grande Année 1996 will rest for a minimum of 3 months before shipping. This is necessary for the wine to assimilate the "liqueur d'expédition" and recover from the shock created by disgorgement.

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