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Bollinger Champagne Blend Champagne la Grande Année 2000

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The Millennium Bollinger is a very impressive effort indeed. The<br/>2000 vintage in Champagne was not dissimilar to 1999, its quality<br/>only undermined by dramatic mid-summer hail, its structure leaning<br/>towards the relatively low acidity and broad approachable fruit<br/>character of its forebear. Overall it's looking better than 1999, with wines of<br/>more energy and concentration evidenced. Good but not great as a vintage. The<br/>Bollinger 2000, however, belongs firmly in the <em>great</em> category.<br/>It is stylistically similar to the 1999 except better.<br/> <br/>The fermentation in old wood lends characteristic vanillin notes, the 63%<br/>Pinot Noir adding a savoury backdrop, the balance of Chardonnay a citric<br/>freshness. The palate is very clean and very pure; its weight worn lightly with<br/>an almost silky elegance. 6 years of lees ageing lends biscuity complexity and<br/>the finish is accompanied by gentle spice and hazelnut. A very complete wine,<br/>rich and powerful as one would expect but with astonishing finesse.<br/>(Simon Field MW - Berrys' Champagne Buyer)

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: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/25/2013

Die Spéciale Cuvée ist besonders charakteristisch für den «Style Bollinger». Das Wissen von Champagne Bollinger zeigt sich in der Fähigkeit, jedes Jahr erneut eine Assemblage zu schaffen, die hinsichtlich Stil und Qualität einheitlich ist und in der das Bouquet der Aromen neu zusammengesetzt wird – woraus immer wieder diese einzigartige Mischung aus Körper, Harmonie, Weinigkeit und Eleganz entsteht. In diesem Wein drückt sich der unverwechselbare Charakter aus, für ihn werden die Qualitäten ausgesucht, und nach ihm möchte Champagne Bollinger bewertet werden.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
02/12/2011

Die Grande Année entwickelt eine erhabene Weinigkeit, intensive, reiche und vielfältige Aromen, deren Vielfalt je nach Beschaffenheit des Jahrgangs variiert.



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The Millennium Bollinger is a very impressive effort indeed. The<br/>2000 vintage in Champagne was not dissimilar to 1999, its quality<br/>only undermined by dramatic mid-summer hail, its structure leaning<br/>towards the relatively low acidity and broad approachable fruit<br/>character of its forebear. Overall it's looking better than 1999, with wines of<br/>more energy and concentration evidenced. Good but not great as a vintage. The<br/>Bollinger 2000, however, belongs firmly in the <em>great</em> category.<br/>It is stylistically similar to the 1999 except better.<br/> <br/>The fermentation in old wood lends characteristic vanillin notes, the 63%<br/>Pinot Noir adding a savoury backdrop, the balance of Chardonnay a citric<br/>freshness. The palate is very clean and very pure; its weight worn lightly with<br/>an almost silky elegance. 6 years of lees ageing lends biscuity complexity and<br/>the finish is accompanied by gentle spice and hazelnut. A very complete wine,<br/>rich and powerful as one would expect but with astonishing finesse.<br/>(Simon Field MW - Berrys' Champagne Buyer)

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