Bollinger "La Grande Annee" Brut Champagne 2012 [3.0L DOUBLE MAGNUM]
(Champagne, France) - [WS 97 & #10 for Top 100 2020] [WE 96] [RP 95] [VM 94] [DM 93]
Regular price $1,000.00 Sale price $948.97 Save $51.03
About this wine:
Since 1829, Bollinger has been producing great Champagnes with a powerful, sophisticated and complex style. In 2006, the prestigious French wine magazine La Revue du Vin de France surveyed the most significant group of sommeliers and wine writers to help select the top 50 Champagne Houses. This would be regarded as the flag-bearer for the greatness of Champagne as a unique wine region. Bollinger was selected as the Number #1 House by this group.
With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own estate for nearly two-thirds of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir that gives its Champagne its distinctive roundness and elegance.
Notes from the Winemaker:
To the eye: The delicate color and golden hues are a sign of the wine's maturity and Bollinger's wine-making methods.
To the nose: Full and expressive. Apricot, almond and hazelnut, followed by notes of honey and cereals intertwining in a symphony of aromas.
On the palate: Exceptional texture and structure. Dense, silky with a long finish. Fresh and full with a delicious refined finish.
Blend of the 2012 vintage:
65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay. 21 crus: mainly Ay and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay.
Fermented entirely in barrels.
At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage: the exceptional 2012 vintage led to Bollinger creating expressive wines that were simultaneously full, fresh and complex.
Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation.
Moderate, 8 grams per liter.
Ratings & Reviews
97 Points & #10 TOP 100 OF 2020 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"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 silkâ€“like mousse. Richly aromatic and expressive from start to lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged July 2019. Drink now through 2037. 850 cases imported." - AN (Oct 7, 2020)
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Disgorged in July 2019, Bollinger's 2012 Brut La Grande Annee 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." - William Kelley (12th Mar 2020)
94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2012 Grande Annee is vibrant and wonderfully nuanced. Citrus peel, orchard fruit, brioche, dried flowers and chamomile are all finely knit in a Grand Annee built on energy and persistence more than size. Readers will find a restrained Grand Annee in 2012. There is plenty of the textural richness that is such a signature of the house style, but I am also struck by the wine's freshness. Best of all, the 2012 will drink well right out of the gate. It is quite expressive today, even in the early going." - Antonio Galloni (Aug 2020)
93 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Texture is key here, with a fruit basket of indulgence tempting the senses, the predominant Pinot Noir adding plums, cherry and hints of cedar to the creamy, toasty core that has been bequeathed by the barrel fermentation. Energetic, vital and brimming with potential, its 8g/l of sugar is lightly worn. This is a seductive Grande Annee, hard to resist in its youth but far from lacking gravitas and matiere to secure a happy development. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030" - Simon Field, MW (16 Feb 2020)