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
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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!!!
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.
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