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Champagne Bollinger launches 2014 Vintage of La Grande Année from a year of ‘mixed fortunes’

Champagne Bollinger has announced the launch of the 2014 vintage of its Bollinger La Grande Année in the UK, from a year of “mixed fortunes” in terms of weather, despite which the quality of grapes was maintained.

Bollinger La Grande Année 2014 vintage is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir, and 39% Chardonnay, with the Champagne house noting, “the 2014 vintage gave rise to a wine that is simultaneously structured, rich and complex, in terms of both its minerality and exceptional intensity.”

“Each bottle of La Grande Année is the result of the passionate, detailed and rigorous work of all those who have worked at Bollinger. Their artisanal methods have been passed down from generation to generation,” commented Charles-Armand de Belenet, Managing Director of Champagne Bollinger.

The fizz is described as “precise and fruity” on the nose, with aromas of cherry, lemon, bergamot and quince.

On the palate, complex flavours of orchard fruits and citrus with a “sea-air finish” bringing length.

The La Grande Année 2014 is now available in the UK with an RSP of £125, while the La Grande Année Rosé 2014 will be released later this year with an RSP of £150.

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Madame Bollinger is a hugely significant historical figure in Champagne, seeing Champagne Bollinger through the war and German occupation, and guiding the House across the fine line between tradition and modernity. She stood down as the head of Champagne Bollinger in 1971, having led the House since her husband’s death in 1941.

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