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Bollinger Champagne Brut Speciale Cuvee France Champagne White 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

Bollinger:
The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. Pinot Noir predominates, a demanding grape variety with an intense character which forms the backbone of the Bollinger style. Continuity of style is ensured by an exceptional collection of over 600,000 reserve magnums, making Bollinger the only champagne House with such a wide and precise palette of... Read more
The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. Pinot Noir predominates, a demanding grape variety with an intense character which forms the backbone of the Bollinger style. Continuity of style is ensured by an exceptional collection of over 600,000 reserve magnums, making Bollinger the only champagne House with such a wide and precise palette of aromas for their blends.   As a guarantee of supreme quality, the best crus are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,000 small, aged casks. The House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement. This is not out of vanity, but because a great wine needs the luxury of time to develop its full character. Read less

Member Reviews for Bollinger Champagne Brut Speciale Cuvee France Champagne White

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Snooth User: Marin Danicic
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/08/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Dennis Lim
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 12/28/2014

(Past tasting 3 Apr 2014) Fine beads. Melony nose. Savoury!


Snooth User: Ryan
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1999 01/02/2008

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.


Snooth User: Melchior57
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5.00 5
Vintage: 1999 04/12/2008

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.


Snooth User: mjdvorkin
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3.50 5
Vintage: 1997 09/27/2007

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: marki
377026
4.00 5
Vintage: 1996 12/05/2007

Power but wonderful elegance too


Snooth User: Quentin4
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 08/04/2009

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

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External Reviews for Bollinger Champagne Brut Speciale Cuvee France Champagne White

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

" A beautiful Champagne. Complex and elegant


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

jasmine


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

citrus and honey aromas and flavors


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

evoking ginger


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2004 06/20/2014

The 2004 Bollinger Grande Ann


External Review
Vintage: 2004 01/16/2015

A great Vintage Champagne from the esteemed house of Bollinger, long a favorite of the Royal Family of England. This 2004 reach a pinnacle with 95+ scores including 96 from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and 95 from Antonio Galloni who said "Bollinger's 2004 Brut La Grand Année is a beautiful wine with a lot of vintage character, but the style is a bit less oxidative than Bollinger fans are likely to expect. Pears, hazelnuts, spices and crushed rocks all flow through to the tense, vibrant finish. It will be interesting to see if the 2004 puts on weight in the bottle, as so many wines from this vintage have. Today, it is bright, linear and quite pretty. Green apples, pears and flowers all add lift on the close." Extremely Limited!!!


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2004 11/14/2013

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.


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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.

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