Bollinger, La Grande Année 2008
99 points - Jeb Dunnuck
Bollinger’s prestige cuvée is the vintage-dated La Grande Année, made of roughly two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay. It is produced only when the harvest reaches a perfect balance. This wine ferments entirely in oak barrels and undergoes its second fermentation under cork. It’s filled with aromas of honey, gingerbread and cinnamon, and offers a core of pastry and candied orange flavors on the palate. This prestige cuvée was featured prominently in James Bond’s Casino Royale, which was set here in Montenegro. 84% of the grapes are from Grand Cru vineyards.