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Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant fruit, graphite, toast and candied Meyer lemon zest are set in this racy Champagne, with a refined, finely detailed mousse. The mouthwatering finish is long and spicy. Drink now through 2022. 11,500 cases imported.
Bollinger`s NV Brut Special Cuvée is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, and the grapes are mostly (more than 85%) sourced in Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages. The majority of the Special Cuvée is reserve wines, part of which have been aged in magnums for five to 15 years. The disgorgement I tasted in May 2018 displays an intense golden-citrus color and has a refreshing, concentrated bouquet of citrus fruits, sweet cherries, ripe apples, white flowers, toast, walnuts, ripe apricots and peaches, with just a touch of brioche. On the palate, this is an intense, very elegant and refined cuvée with a very long, refreshing, intense, aromatic and salty finish. This is an excellent Champagne with a beautiful chalky texture in the aftertaste. (Tasted from lot L1711802 in May 2018.)
“Under the direction of Chef de Caves Mathieu Kauffmann, Bollinger produces one of the most consistent lineups in Champagne. Bollinger is one of the handful of larger firms that manages to put out consistently high quality wines despite its size. The estate based in Ay is probably best known to the public through its long association with the James Bond films, which is quite possibly one of the most successful product placement campaigns of all time. Despite the show biz glamour that has inextricably become part of the Bollinger mystique, at their best these are serious wines with significant aging potential.”
- The Wine Advocate
Bollinger is one of the most famous Champagne houses in the world. Located in northern France, the wines are noteworthy because of their typically Pinot Noir-dominant cuvées. It was founded in 1829 as the Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie, and was kept in the Bollinger family until 2008 when they gave the chairman’s job to someone from outside of the family. The House is located in Ay and most of the vines are located on premier and grand cru plots. A unique fact of Bollinger is that each of the cuvées uses no less than 60% Pinot Noir so the wines have a masculine quality and age wonderfully. Their vast portfolio ranges from non-vintage brut and rose wines to their prestige cuvées. The house has continued to make international acclaim thanks to appearances as James Bond’s drink of choice throughout the action film franchise.
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