If it’s good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for us. Bollinger Champagne makes an appearance in several James Bond stories, and the heralded Bollinger La Grande Année debuts in a built-in champagne bucket of his Aston Martin in Goldeneye. Likewise, we’re spotlighting this prestige cuvee by the historic house: La Grande Année 2004 by the glass, for the month of May.

Produced only when exceptional vintages occur, La Grande Année is an outstanding expression of Champagne’s terroir and Bollinger’s traditional winemaking techniques. The 2004 vintage combined both quality and quantity, and this bottling features a rich, golden tone showing its maturity. Whiffs of delicate but beautiful vanilla, buttery brioche and ripe orchard fruit leads to similar notes on the palate, with a flinty, chalky finish. A very muscular Champagne, its body allows it to pair well with food, and its long and complex finish keeps you intrigued. You won’t even think about a shaken martini.

Bollinger La Grande Année 2004 is available by the glass at Morrell Wine Bar & Café for the month of May.