The Larmandier-Bernier 2006 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Vieille Vigne de Cramant – disgorged in late 2012 – is gorgeously scented with intimations of sea breeze and oyster liquor along with toasted rye, its palate richness consisting also of suggestions of oyster and clam liquor that make for a saliva-tugging savor, while hints of stony and crystalline elements engage in a delightfully dynamic and protracted counterpoint with fresh lemon-drizzled apple and pear.
Light gold. Profound, refined nose showing great elegance and marked by lemony and toasted aromas. Full, ethereal and silky palate that lingers on and on. Complex palate that is biscuity, toasted, fruity and brioche-like, all rolled into one. A superlative Champagne.
80% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Noir
An subtle nose with plenty of fine autolysis aromas of fresh bread and sweetly fragrant yeasty notes, plus some gentle spice and chalky notes. The palate unleashes beautiful wild strawberry fruit flavors, super fresh, fleshy and pure. Great balance and depth. Drink now. (94 points James Suckling)
45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier
Time has graced this wine, proving the value of Bollinger’s policy of long aging on the lees followed by prompt release after disgorgement. This RD (Recently Disgorged) 2004 is a joyous wine, staunch, cold and powerful at first, transforming to fresh fruit shadowed by darker tones of barrel fermentation. As it opens in the glass, revealing racy energy, a range of floral pear and apple flavors emerge, resonant with a sense of limestone capturing the sun and reflecting it back in pale power. Enjoy this over the course of an evening as its presence shifts, providing varied perspectives on a great Champagne.
66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay