bollinger, la grande annee 2002
WINE & SPIRITS
95
WINE SPECTATOR
94

2002 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 & SPIRITS
95

Wine & Spirits

Digging deep into its limestone soils, this 2002 comes at you with scents of jasmine, lilac, Asian pear and a continuous pale chalk power. The oak aging of its base wines darkens the fruit and increases its muscular tone, a tannic austerity gentled by the floral notes. The wine smells beautiful: For all its mineral backbone and ten years of maturity, the impression it leaves is that of a sunny meadow—a scent tied to the freshness of fruit in the vintage.

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

Ripe, appealing flavors of peach, Gala apple, toast and blood orange mix with a streak of minerality, racy acidity and spice notes, all set on the fine-grained texture. Fresh and focused, with a long, mouthwatering, nut-tinged finish. Drink now through 2025.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2002 Brut La Grande Annee is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Annee that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Annee with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of heaviness at all. A rich, creamy finish adds the final note of complexity and pedigree. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 71% from Grand Cru villages and 29% from Premier Crus. Disgorged February 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.