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La Grande Année 2008

Depth and Refinement

Bollinger’s prestige champagne is produced only when the harvest reaches a perfect balance.

Blend of the 2008 vintage 

71% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay.  18 crus:  mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Cramant for the Chardonnay.
Exclusive use of the cuvee.  

Fermented entirely in barrels.
At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage: in 2008, the remarkable maturity of the grapes combined with a phenomenal acidity have produced a wine of infinite depth and allowed an exceptional vintage to be created.

Maturation 
Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation.

Dosage 
Moderate, 8 grams per liter.

To the eye  

The delicate colour and golden hues are a sign of the wine’s maturity and Bollinger’s wine-making methods.


To the nose 
A wonderful aromatic depth. The wine’s fruity, spicy and floral notes intertwine to reveal a highly complex nose; wild peach, plum and orange peel precede saffron and tonka bean, complemented by a fresh, mineral aspect.

On the palate 
Dense and harmonious in the mouth. A creamy effervescence and fresh structure, with a gentle saline finish.

Cured ham.

Seared scallops or scallops tartare. Grilled lobster.

Chicken in a light creamy sauce.

La Grande Année 2008 is the perfect champagne for gourmet food. To fully appreciate its unique style and aromas, La Grande Année 2008 is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy La Grande Année 2008 now or choose to age it in your cellar.

La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is therefore exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels. Champagne Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After a prolonged ageing on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand.

See previous vintage

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La Grande Année 2007

Bollinger's interpretation of an exceptional year

Bollinger’s prestige champagne is produced only when the harvest reaches a perfect balance.

Blend of the 2007 vintage 

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.  14 crus:  mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay. 91% Grands crus and 9% Premier crus.
Exclusive use of the cuvee.  Fermented entirely in barrels.
 At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become vintage: the very early harvest and fresh qualities of the year 2007 make this vintage exceptional.
Maturation 
Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation.
Sealed with a natural cork whilst ageing.
Dosage 
Low, 7 grams per liter.

To the eye  

The delicate colour and golden hues are a sign of the wine’s maturity and Bollinger’s wine-making methods.

To the nose 
A first impression of fresh almonds, then yellow-flesh fruit aromas evoking peach and mango; toasted, roasted notes accompanied with dried citrus
and pink grapefruit.

On the palate 
A lovely aromatic fullness with honey flavours and a smooth chalky texture; candied lemon notes and a delicious bitterness, a wonderfully
refreshing finish.


Foie gras, fresh or pan-fried 
Grilled fish, with or without sauce, lobster 
Roast lamb or veal 
Parmesan or Comté

La Grande Année 2007 is a must-have for gourmet restaurants and good hotels alike: it is the perfect champagne to serve with a fine meal. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, La Grande Année 2007 is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy La Grande Année 2007 right away, or choose to age it in your cellar.

In 1976, Bollinger Vintage became Grande Année; then, in 1997, "La" Grande Année… A name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status: because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. La Grande Année made its screen débuts two years later, in James Bond’s Casino Royale.

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