Bollinger La Grande Année Brut
Champagne’s finest season of the past decade has given birth to a remarkable LGA. The strength of pinot noir in 2002 is offset by a higher proportion of chardonnay than usual (40%). As always, the two varieties are sourced exclusively from Bollinger vineyards, fermented entirely in old barrels, aged on lees for eight years and given a low dosage of 7-9g/L of sweetness. 2002 is a vintage that captures driving energy, structure and linearity without sacrificing a single iota of Bollinger complexity and presence. The interplay of power and poise is magnificent, riding a razor-edge of lemon over a mountain of fig, red berries, ginger, roast almonds and brioche. It lingers very long with tremendous, seamless precision, highlighting deep undercurrents of fine minerality. Oak is impeccably gauged to propel fruit upwards and outwards, instilling great longevity.
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