95 Points Tyson Stelzer
Landing with all guns blazing ahead of a new James Bond release, this is a vintage that captures the full Spectre of grand Bollinger exuberance, with a fruit integrity rarely seen in 2005 at a decade of age. It glows with grilled pineapple, oozes with ripe peach and resonates with the depth of black cherries, before launching into a universe of Bollinger complexity in golden fruit cake, biscuits and roast nuts. The depth and body of Bollinger confidently steps up to the firm structure, dry astringency and grapefruit-like grip of the season, built more on phenolic presence than acid line, yet with the flesh, drive and persistence to carry it, culminating in a crescendo of seamless persistence. An earlier-drinking Bollinger and a great take on 2005.
Stelzer, Tyson. The Champagne Guide: The definitive guide to Champagne (Kindle Locations 2924-2929). Hardie Grant Books. Kindle Edition.
Source: Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2016-2017.