2012 Champagne Bollinger Brut La Grand Annee (750ml)
The La Grand Annee is Bollinger’s prestige champagne that is produced only when the harvest achieves perfect balance. It is composed of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay from 21 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay.
"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. 95 points" - William Kelley (Wine Advocate, March 2020