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NV Bollinger Special Cuvee 12%

Deep and toasty on the nose, with brioche notes toped with dried citrus, dried apricot, a little honey and candied almond notes. A richer style of Champagne with a faint candied edge to the fruit, this is actually quite fresh and green apple-toned. This has nice chalky accents on the palate and shows a layered quality, with gently yeasty notes and a touch of herb over the fruit and mineral that show on the back end and through the long, rather decisively stony finish. 91pts

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  • Greg-
    For those of us who do not live in NYC, how about rating the Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Mumms Mouton Rouge and a few other personal favorites? In reading your column, I did not find some of my common choices even mentioned. I like to learn, but if you don't give me a solid reference frame, I am disappointed. I'm fine with your Bollinger, Taittinger, Laurent Perrier ratings. Perhaps, I expect too much and these are enough for a good comparison. Happy New Year.

    Dec 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM


  • Dear friends & family,

    Another great article, on some outstanding price quality Champagnes, for your New Year celebration !

    SALUD!

    Dec 28, 2011 at 7:33 AM


  • Snooth User: spicycurry
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    No grower Champagnes?

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM


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