While Ian Fleming's novels suggest that Bond's Champagne of choice is Taittinger, the associated films demonstrate a clear preference for Bollinger Champagnes. Since 1973 and Live and Let Die starring Roger Moore as Agent 007, Bollinger's Champagne has featured in every film!
This particular bottling was created in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of James Bond in film. A bottle of the legendary 2002 vintage of La Grande Annee, labeled in black and silver, is housed in a unique case mimicking the shape of a Walther PPK silencer. Once the code, 007, is entered the case will open and reveal the bottle.
The wine itself is truly marvelous! Ready to drink now, or to be held for a few years yet!
The House of Bollinger was founded in the village of Ay in the Vallee de La Marne in 1829. This is one of the key centres of excellence in Champagne production, with 100% Grands Crus Vineyards surrounding the property.
Jacques Bollinger took over the family firm in 1918 from his father George, it was Jacques' marriage to Emily Law de Lauriston Bourbers known as "Lilly" which pushed the Bollinger brand onto new heights as she was a great ambassador, travelling the world tirelessly to promote the great wines. She famously said...
"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it..unless I’m thirsty."
The 2002 Brut La Grande Annee is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Annee that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Annee with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of heaviness at all. A rich, creamy finish adds the final note of complexity and pedigree. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 71% from Grand Cru villages and 29% from Premier Crus. Disgorged February 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
This is still pale, with fresh apple & pear, plenty of aromatic evolution on the nose, very balanced on the palate tight and pure fruit real charm well into its prime for me. Drink now - 2020+.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.