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Bollinger 2012 Grande Annee Brut Champagne

Bollinger 2012 Grande Annee Brut Champagne

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  • #10 Wine of the Year!!
  • 97 Points!

About Bollinger 2012 Grande Annee Brut Champagne

#10 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2020

A great Vintage Champagne from the esteemed house of Bollinger, long a favorite of the Royal Family of England, as well as a famous 00 spy. 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay; Mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay. Vinified exclusively in barrels, riddled and disgorged by hand.

Wine Spectator scored this 97 points saying "This goes from zero to 60 right out of the gate, with an intense spine of acidity driving tightly meshed flavors of crushed black currant, ground coffee, candied grapefruit peel and toasted almond. The profile expands on the palate, carried by the fine, raw silk–like mousse. Richly aromatic and expressive from start to lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged July 2019. Drink now through 2037."

Wine Enthusiast scored this 96 points saying "Still young for a wine of this caliber, this rich Champagne has an immense future ahead of it. The freshness of the wine will mature into the rich toastiness that is such a hallmark of this brand. Oak fermentation and aging have added to the great promise of this fine wine. Drink from 2022."

The Wine Advocate scored this 95 points saying "Disgorged in July 2019, Bollinger's 2012 Brut La Grande Année is showing well, offering up an incipiently complex bouquet of crisp yellow orchard fruit, fresh peach, orange oil, toasted walnuts and dried apricot that's still quite reserved with less than a year on cork. Full-bodied, deep and muscular, the 2012 is blockier and broader-shouldered than its 2008 predecessor, with a weightier and even more concentrated palate built around a bright spine of acidity, concluding with a chalky finish that carries appreciably dry extract. This isn't quite as elegant as the exquisite 2008, but it is a superb effort and obviously built to age."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 12.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Sparkling
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne

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