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Bollinger 2003

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
  • WS 94
  • W&S 94
  • WW 92
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Winemaker Notes

What makes "2003 by Bollinger" so Special? A late freeze, followed by damaging storms and one of the hottest summers on record allowed the vines to ripen only a very few grapes at a time creating the earliest harvest in Champagne since 1822. The grapes come from our three most historic vineyards in Aÿ, Verzenay and Cuis, which in exceptional years would supply La Grande Année, but in this truly unique vintage display the variation... View More

Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator

Inviting and seductive, this opulent Champagne features plenty of mineral, toast, butterscotch, citrus and vanilla pastry flavors, matched to a lush texture. It’s a bubbly you can relax into, like a plush pillow, yet has surprising length. Drink now through 2020

W&S 94
Wine & Spirits

Burgundian complexity is there from the moment this wine is first poured, and it is a wine as much as a Champagne, with remarkable balance given the extreme conditions of 2003. The firm's vineyards were hit with a spring frost, hail in June and excessive heat in summer. Bollinger blended pinot noir from Ay and Verzenay with chardonnay from Cuis to produce a wine that translates the vintage power and intensity into symphonic breadth. It has graceful length, a contrast of dark spice (enhanced by fermentation in older oak barrels) and pure limestone whiteness, the rasp of apple skin and the sweetness of vanilla. Delicious to drink, this is a concentrated, main-course wine for poulet de Bresse braised with truffles.

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WW 92
Wilfred Wong of

This new wine is unusual in every regard, from the label on the bottle to the wine inside it -- and even the vintage itself.

Pale gold color with pinpoint bubbles. Chalk and mineral notes provide an appealing foundation for an expansive second layer of red apple and citrus. Mineral aspects spread across the palate with pleasant notes of citrus and fresh bread dough. Underpinning these qualities is a firm, solid structure and bracing acidity. An elegant and powerful wine that offers satisfying drinking now over the next five years.

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Champagne Bollinger, , France - Other regions
In 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe have coveted ever since. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained that trademark style, and Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marque houses to be owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.

With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own... View More