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Best Wine of the World Champagne

Best Wine of the World Champagne

According to Andreas Larsson, a great Champagne has character. What gives a Champagne character? “When we can go beyond the primary fruit and get more of the bready, toasty, nutty notes coming from the aging on the lees. There needs to be an intensity on the palate. Giving it a good balance between the fruitiness and the acidity.”

In Andreas’ opinion, it is probably the most pleasurable beverage there is. “It is the only style of wine that I am happy to drink for breakfast, lunch, afternoon, dinner and after midnight,” says Andreas. “I always like Champagne with some age, particularly so the bubbles can integrate. With that age, you get lushes creaminess paired with more complex flavors.”

One such great Champagne that Andreas gave 95 points to, is the Bollinger La Grande Année 2004 Champagne. “Bollinger has always been a very full-bodied style with a high percentage of Pinot Noir. The wines are influenced by some oak aging which gives it a lot of character.  It is a great example of elegance and complexity,” says Andreas.

According to Bollinger’s Marketing Director Clément Garnier, Bollinger is really pleased that a great wine connoisseur as Andreas Larsson recognizes and shares the result of their work and dedication to quality. “La Grande Année is an interpretation of a particularly great year and is crafted solely from Grand and Premier Cru wines,” says Clément. “The wines are aged in small old oak barrels, followed by eight years of aging in the cellars, with manual riddling and a low dosage disgorgement. These are key elements that differentiate the Bollinger signature style for a great vintage.”

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96 Points
The palate is beautifully structured with ripe yellow fruit supported by bright acidity, gently roasted notes and a firm mineral finish, very long finish, a high level of complexity, great stuff, still slightly on the young side, should develop really well.”

France – Champagne - White
95 Points
Nutty and almost sherry like with a bright freshness, elegant fruit, apricot and wild berries, well integrated creaminess, complex and vinous with a powerful finish and very fine persistence.”

France – Champagne – Blanc De Blancs - White
95 Points 
Good complexity and depth on the palate, ample and dense with layers of elegant fruit, well integrated creamy mousse, excellent freshness and complex spiciness.”

France – Champagne - White
95 Points
“The palate has good power, intense flavours of ripe stone fruit, spices, nougat and a fine creamy mousse, good freshness, rather low dosage, some nutty notes on the finish, very long and lingering finish.”

KRUG 1998
France – Champagne - White
95 Points
The palate is full bodied, fairly luscious almost tropical fruit character, a well balanced freshness that adds backbone and length, good complexity, perfect drinkability today, supreme finish, very fine and rewarding champagne on a serious level.”

France – Champagne - White
95 Points
The palate is rich and intense, yet young and firm but packed with power and a brilliant freshness, intense and lingering finish, very long. Still very young but with a very promising structure, should develop really well.”

France – Champagne – Brut – White
94 Points
Good dose of freshness here, really mouthwatering acidity. I like this a lot actually, because you really get that mouthwatering sensation. It’s a quite full-bodied style, but I still think that the emphasis is on ripe high quality Chardonnay here.