Bollinger Grande Annee 2008 released

By March 11, 2019Champagne, Releases

Today, Bollinger Grande Annee 2008 was released in the UK at £800 per 12×75.

Only one critic has scored the wine: Richard Juhlin (Decanter) awarded it 98 points. In his tasting note he described the wine as “regal and heroic” and went on to say that it was a “real ‘vin de garde’ that will not reach its maximum capacity before its 25th birthday”.

The 2008 vintage in Champagne has also been widely praised by the press: the Financial Times said the vintage could be “the greatest in living memory”, while Decanter called it “something special”.

Like most Champagnes, prices for Bollinger Grande Annee are not closely correlated to critic scores. Instead, vintages have appreciated in price with the passing of time, as the chart below shows.

Based on today’s release price, Bollinger Grande Annee 2008 is coming to the market slightly above the price implied by our ‘fair value’ methodology. However, top Champagne vintages are known to command a premium early on. If 2008 is indeed “the greatest [vintage] in living memory”, the wine could be worth the investment.

Buyers looking for other options might want to consider the 1997 vintage which also looks attractive.

Looking for more?

Last year we published an in-depth report on Champagne’s performance in the secondary market. You can download it for free, here.