Disgorged in July 2019, Bollinger's 2012 Brut La Grande Année is showing well, offering up an incipiently complex bouquet of crisp yellow orchard fruit, fresh peach, orange oil, toasted walnuts and dried apricot that's still quite reserved with less than a year on cork. Full-bodied, deep and muscular, the 2012 is blockier and broader-shouldered than its 2008 predecessor, with a weightier and even more concentrated palate built around a bright spine of acidity, concluding with a chalky finish that carries appreciably dry extract. This isn't quite as elegant as the exquisite 2008, but it is a superb effort and obviously built to age.
To the eye: The delicate colour and golden hues are a sign
of the wine’s maturity and reflective of Bollinger’s winemaking
To the nose: full and expressive. Apricot, almond and
hazelnut, followed by notes of honey and cereals
intertwining in a symphony of aromas.
On the palate: exceptional texture and structure. Dense,
silky with a long finish. Fresh and full with a delicious refined
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