bollinger, la grande annee 2000
WINE SPECTATOR
92
WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

2000 bollinger, la grande annee

Why We're Buying

It's safe to say Bollinger has mastered Champagne making with more than 400 years under its belt. The Grande Année vintage contains a 65-35 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, with the 2008 vintage receiving a 99 rating from critic Jeb Dunnuck.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

A full, robust Champagne, delivering plenty of gingerbread, toast and citrus aromas and flavors. Balanced in an extroverted way, with a fine texture, this is approachable now. Should continue to develop. Drink now through 2020.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

Full, creamy and soft, this is a rich Champagne, very much a food wine. It has great ripe swathes of peach and pineapple flavors, rounded by toast. While 2000 is not a vintage for aging, this opulent Champagne may be the exception.

WINE & SPIRITS
90

Wine & Spirits

Rounder and softer than a traditional Bollinger vintage, this 2000 is filled with citrus flavors and darker tones of toasted nuts. The richness of the wine suggests pairing it with salmon in a beurre noisette, or the milk-poached poussin at The Modern in NYC, served with linden flower sauce, wood ear mushroom compote and mustard greens.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2000 Brut La Grande Annee is a ripe, open wine bursting with generous, expansive fruit. Smoke, minerals, pastry crust and flowers add complexity to the radiant fruit. The Grande Annee reveals gorgeous depth and a multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic personality that screams of pure breed. The 2000 will be a fascinating vintage to follow. I am not sure it has the freshness to be an extremely long-lived wine, but it does a fabulous job in capturing the Bollinger house style. The 2000 Grande Annee is 63% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay of which 76% is Grand Cru and 24% is Premier Cru. This is Lot L911736. Disgorged January 19, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.