The Grande Annee is made from a blend of 16 crus from both grand and premier status. The 2004 is surprisingly youthful for its age and is fresh and lively on the palate. But this is not a frivolous Champagne to be quaffed without care; this a more complex and interesting offering that is quite unique.
Bollinger has remained in the Bollinger family since its inception in 1829 and gained its reputation thanks to the charms of Lily Bollinger in the mid-20th century. The tipple of choice of James Bond and Eddie from Ab Fab (don’t let that put you off) it is often described as a muscular Champagne but can also be light and frisky on the palate. A pinot noir heavy blend, the standard NV cuvee is consistent and well-priced with the vintage Champagne fluctuating depending on the year. Their piece de résistance is the single vineyard Vieilles Vignes Francaises blanc de noirs which comes from pre-phylloxera vines.
2004 was a good vintage in Champagne