98 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni
The 2014 La Grande Année is stunning. In fact it is one of the best recent editions I can remember tasting. What comes through most is the wine's sizzling energy and tension qualities that aren't often associated with Bollinger where the Champagnes tend to show more breadth and volume. In 2014 readers will find a Grande Année built on linear intensity and drive. The 2014 is a blend taken from 19 villages 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay instead of the more typical 70/30 mix. For the second time in two decades (the first was 2007) Verzenay takes the lead in the Pinots over Aÿ, more or less an inverse from the norm. Verzenay is a north-facing village in the Montagne de Reims that saw less rain than Aÿ and most of the Vallée de la Marne yields Pinots of energy more than volume. That, married with Chardonnays mostly from the Côtes des Blancs (predominantly Chouilly Vertus Oiry and Cramant) results in a truly magical Grande Année that will delight Champagne fans for several decades. I can't recommend the 2014 highly enough. It's a total knock-out. Disgorged: April 2021. Dosage: 8 grams per liter.
97 points Wine Spectator
Racy acidity drives this mouthwatering Champagne, enlivening the rich panoply of flavors. Features a fine and creamy mousse that's still a lively springboard for aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, glazed tangerine, roasted hazelnut, ground coffee, pickled ginger and white blossoms. Long and satiny, with minerally salt and chalk notes gaining momentum on the lasting finish. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Disgorged July 2021. Drink now through 2037.
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Offering up complex aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, confit citrus, frangipane, walnuts, dried white flowers and subtle hints of iodine, Bollinger's 2014 Brut La Grande Année is medium to full-bodied, pillowy and vinous, with an elegantly fleshy core of fruit that's underpinned by racy acids and complemented by a pretty pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a long, chalky finish, this is a charming but precise Grande Année that's more giving and demonstrative than its immediate predecessor, the 2012, but which attains a very similar level of quality in a more challenging vintage—testimony to the serious viticulture that underpins Bollinger's contemporary excellence. Best After 2021.
Blend: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay.
19 crus: Mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay.
Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermented entirely in aged oak barrels.
Maturation: Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation.
Dosage: Moderate, 8 grams per litre.
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