Bollinger La Grande Année 2012

The Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. Exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels with prolonged ageing on its lees. Even today, every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand.
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Sub Region:
Rich, full flavoured and toasty
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2025
Closure Type:


The story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family with a brilliant destiny. A great soldier who shone during the American War of Independence, he inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ area. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in trade. He then met Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who had left his country of birth to learn about the Champagne wine trade, and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine. The firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Joseph took care of sales and Paul of the cellar. Athanase had founded a Champagne House that was to endure through the centuries. It was only in 2008 that, for the first time in its history, the House placed its future into the care of a Chairman who was not a family member. With the Bollinger family’s support, Jérôme Philipon has extended his predecessor’s programme of modernisation and investment. With him, the House has continued to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies for the future development of the brand, both in terms of quality and commercial growth.

Tasting Notes

Delicate in colour with golden hues. A full and expressive nose with aromas of apricot, almond and hazlenut, complemented by notes of honey and cereals. Dense and silky on the palate, with a long finish.

Food Matches

Best served with gourmet food. Try with scallops with sorrel and vanilla, or grilled oyster, smoked butter and sea purslane.


The wine is exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels. Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the Appellation. Dosage: Moderate, 8 grams per litre.