Vintage champagne must be 100% made of from grapes from only one year’s harvest and is only made in superior vintages, often only three to four times every ten years and must be aged for a minimum of three years.
Bollinger La Grande Annee is much more than a simple vintage. It is the interpretation of an outstanding grape harvest, which resulted in a wine worthy of continuing the tradition of the Maison’s prestigious great vintages. During these special years, grapes from Grands and Premiers Crus are vinified and the blend reveals a beautiful harmony that embodies the intuition felt at the moment of the grape harvest.
Nose: The first hints of fresh almond and harvest aromas immediately open up into preserved lemon and dried fruits, the whole rounded off by darker smoky and toasted qualities. Palate: The presence of the wine on the palate is immediately captivating. Paradoxically concentrated yet creamy, it is energetic and warm in the mouth, focusing on the fruit, then gradually taking on more profound bass notes. The whole holds its note perfectly, intensively, with just a subtle, elegant hint of underlying bitterness.
Brilliant yellow with fine bubbles. Intense and delicate, honey, cocoa, lightly toasted hazelnuts and candied citrus fruit aromas. Silky, concentrated texture, under pinned by an intense, powerful and vinous structure, but retaining its elegance. A fresh finish.
Notes of ripe fruits follow: pear, candied citrus, plum, nectarine and white peach. On the palate, the construction is precise and the substance is velvety. The first impression of creamy roundness progressively allows the linear, tight structure to appear. The flavours of fruit become fresher: mandarin orange and pink grapefruit.
Composition: 50% Chardonnay from Cramant, Avize, Les Mesnil/Oger and Oger. 46% Pinot Noir from Mailly, Ay, Ambonnay and Mareuil/Ay. 4% Pinot Meunier from Dizy and Venteuil 6 years on the lees before disgorgement. Comments: Perrier-Jouët prestige cuvee is a fresh, well structured wine. Silky and airy, it is truly the epitome of charm and elegance reflecting the Chardonnays of Cramant and Pinot Noirs of Mailly. Alcohol: 12.5% Dosage: 9g/1 Tasting Notes: The 2004 Belle Epoque has notes of brioche and white peaches, and is fresh, open, well balanced and complex.
The 2004Brut Cuvee Belle Epoque is a graceful, effortless wine. A sweet, floral bouquet melds into expressive fruit in this refreshing, vibrant Champagne. Crisp green pears, jasmine and apples are some of the notes that linger on the crisp, well-articulated finish.
The effervescence is both long and lasting. The bouquet is fine and complex, strong in the aromas of dried fruits and flowers. There is an elegant harmony in the nose around toast and brioche notes. In the mouth, the wine is firm and well structured, with masses of substance and refinement.