Wine Spectator 94 points - Firm, with well-cut acidity and a fine texture, this is aromatic, delivering a skein of ground spice and graphite notes that mesh seamlessly with the flavors of black currant, black cherry, toasted almond, financier, honey and smoky mineral. Offers a long, mouthwatering
finish. Drink now through 2024. From France.—A.N. (Jun 5 2013)
The Bollinger Grande Année remains, however, a blended wine from crus and grape varieties. In this sense it too carries the expression of the House style. However, in this case, the style is also dependent on the characteristics of the given vintage. It is the best wine Bollinger can produce in an individual year by exposing its particular character.
|The blend of Grande Année 1996
The grape supply comes only from grands crus and premiers crus vineyards of Champagne.
16 crus were used in the assemblage of the Grande Année 1996,
75 % from grands crus and 25 % from premiers crus.
These were mainly from the villages of Aÿ, Bouzy, Louvois, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Mesnil s/Oger, Oger, Cuis, Cramant and Chouilly.
The blend of Grande Année 1996 is made of
70 % pinot noir
30 % chardonnay
|Foie gras, fresh or pan-fried
Grilled fish, with or without sauce, lobster
Roast lamb or veal
Parmesan or Comte