French label and home to the celebratory bevvy Champagne Bollinger is finally launching its latest vintage – Bollinger La Grande Année 2008 – a drop just over 20 years in the making. Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année 2008 vintage was unveiled during an intimate dinner held at Fred’s Restaurant in Paddington, Sydney.
The champagne is described as the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of Bollinger Champagne House and is said to be one of the most anticipated vintages since the start of the 21st century.
La Grande Année 2008 is vinified in old small oak barrels with Bollinger continuing this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After prolonged ageing, every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged entirely by hand.
La Grande Année 2008 will be available across Australia from August 2019 at select retailers including The Wine Emporium, The Champagne Gallery and Prince Wine Stores with a price of $250 per bottle.
During the launch event, guests enjoyed a Fred’s Restaurant gastronomic experience that celebrated some of Australia’s greatest produce paired to the 2008 Bollinger vintage.
Highlights from the menu included a seafood dish created especially to match with Bollinger La Grande Année. The dish featured a rare type of mollusc known as a Razor Heart sourced off the west coast of South Australia – a delicacy so unique that is has not been commercially available for 30 years.
Guests left the event with a handwritten recipe card so that they can recreate their own perfectly paired Bollinger dish at home. The recipe is surprising as chefs are known to keep recipes close to the chest, or at least save them to publish in a book.
The recipe cards were accompanied by a pair of rustic linen napkins featuring the distinguished Bollinger crest emblem.