Bollinger Champagne Brut Speciale Cuvee France Champagne White 2012
Length/Type of Fermentation: The first fermentation takes place in small oak casks, lot-by-lot, cru-by-cru, and grape variety with all crus and grape varieties segregated. This allows Bollinger to use a very strict selection process. Bollinger only uses old casks (5 years or older) to ensure that neither tannin nor oak flavors are imparted to the wines. Length/Type of Aging: Once the wine is bottled, the carbonic fermentation and cellar aging are conducted under natural cork for a minimum of five years, more than twice as long as required by Appellation rules.
(Past tasting 3 Apr 2014) Fine beads. Melony nose. Savoury!
mmmm, well integrated at almost 8 years old with huge biscuity and oaky flavours, but not overwhelming and a lot of nuance. I drank this on 01/01/2008 and I'm still tasting it the day after.
A superb wine, created by Bollinger, there are only 4000 bottles of this created for each year they produce. A superb Pinot Noir, smooth with heavy chocolate and vanilla notes on the nose. A slight tannin finish, which got better with breathing, and I would suspect that you could lay this wine down for a good few years yet, and it would only get better.
Three and a half glasses
Power but wonderful elegance too
Complex and aromatic on the nose! Roasted nuts, coffee and Thyme aromas. I couldn't resist to take a mouthful of it and my senses awaken once again to a big and powerful palate, yet with an incredibly well balanced acidity. Medium to full bodied, it was fresh, sophisticated and round. Full of energy with a beautiful lingering finish that lasted for a long long time. Impressive work from Bollinger. QC http://www.questionofwine.blogspot.com
External Reviews for Bollinger Champagne Brut Speciale Cuvee France Champagne White
A beautiful Champagne. Complex and elegant, evoking ginger, jasmine, citrus and honey aromas and flavors, accented by a biscuit and grain component coming as much from barrel fermentation as yeast aging. Very firmly structured and long. Enjoy with Asian foods or Parmesan cheese.
Firm with well-cut acidity and a fine texture this is aromatic delivering a skein of ground spice and graphite notes that mesh seamlessly with the flavors of black currant black cherry toasted almond financier honey and smoky mineral. Offers a long mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024.
A gorgeously complex pure and refined nose of delicate red berry fruit yeast and brioche aromas introduce delicious fresh and strikingly intense flavors that are supported by an extravagant mousse that imparts a real sense of vibrancy to the dry yeasty and again impressively complex finish. This is a really impressive rosi that is drinking well now though depending on your taste preferences could also just as easily be held for another 5 to 10 years. Burghound.