*Spectacular newest release from Bollinger*
*98 points is Galloni’s highest-ever score for this cuvee*
*Higher-rated by Galloni and lower priced than the 2008 vintage*
The 2014 Bollinger La Grande Annee is a stunning Champagne and an equally good buy. Antonio Galloni described it as “a truly magical Grande Annee” and awarded a stellar 98 points, placing it above such greats as the 2008.
Galloni’s note shows it to be a special Champagne that took the challenges of the vintage in its stride. A cool summer followed by fine autumn translated into a 2014 Grande Annee that has “sizzling energy and tension” and “linear intensity and drive”, that will “delight Champagne fans for several decades”.
His score of 98 points is the highest that he has ever given to this cuvee and, as mentioned above, it beats the iconic 2008 vintage. The 2008 with a lower score of 97 AG is now trading at $1,700 (before GST) per case 6, which makes the 2014 look like a very attractive buy. Galloni “I can’t recommend the 2014 highly enough”, and we thoroughly agree!
With best wishes,
The Vinum Team
Subject to remaining unsold. Available in our SG cellars in 6-8 weeks.
2014 Bollinger La Grande Annee
35 cases (1×6) OC @ SGD$ 1,000 per case (inc GST $1,080)
The 2014 La Grande Année is stunning. In fact, it is one of the best recent editions I can remember tasting. What comes through most is the wine’s sizzling energy and tension, qualities that aren’t often associated with Bollinger, where the Champagnes tend to show more breadth and volume. In 2014, readers will find a Grande Année built on linear intensity and drive.
The 2014 is a blend taken from 19 villages, 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay instead of the more typical 70/30 mix. For the second time in two decades (the first was 2007), Verzenay takes the lead in the Pinots over Aÿ, more or less an inverse from the norm. Verzenay, a north-facing village in the Montagne de Reims that saw less rain than Aÿ and most of the Vallée de la Marne, yields Pinots of energy more than volume. That, married with Chardonnays mostly from the Côtes des Blancs (predominantly Chouilly, Vertus, Oiry and Cramant), results in a truly magical Grande Année that will delight Champagne fans for several decades. I can’t recommend the 2014 highly enough. It’s a total knock-out. (2022) www.vinous.com Drink 2024-2044
98 points Antonio Galloni