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Champagne Bollinger Spécial Cuvée NV
On average 80% of the grapes come from Premier and Grands Crus in Champagne. To ensure the consistency and continuity of the style Bollinger adds to the blend a maximum of 10% of Reserve wines which have been kept in magnum. The blend consists on average of 60% pinot noir 25% chardonnay and 15% pinot meunier harvested from 30 different villages in Champagne. Special Cuvee matures for a minimum of three years in Bollinger's cellars prior to release.
RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.
The champagne of James Bond (the movie version) never disappoints. Full bodied, generous, with gorgeous mousse. Works with food or canapés. It's the BMW of champagne - reliable, sexy, luxurious with perfection in the detail.
Bright and fresh with underlying complexity. One of my favourites.
Bone dry and highly acidic. This wine desperately needs to be drunk with food.
Such an amazing Champagne, clean taste. Very elegant.
Limes, lemon and ginger on the nose. Very acidic attack, with a powerful mousse of bubbles. Nice quince flavors with a clean soft biscuit note. Soft finish on gentle sugars which give it honeysuckle hint. Tasted at Tengley Oaks. 1 million magnums of this are in the cellars, some of this wine is barrel aged, which is rare for a Champagne of this level. 60% pinot noir lends acidity to this big, bold chamapagne.
Good, fresh minerality. Very nice! 94 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2012
Champagne as good as it gets. Bond. James Bond loves it too. And so far it's the best thing I ever tasted. Looks like Gold and is rather affordable. My best friend has a 2000 vintage waiting for a special day to celebrate life and live it. Long Finish
External Reviews for Champagne Bollinger Spécial Cuvée
The NV Brut Special Cuvée opens with elegant, well-delineated aromas of honey, brioche, roasted nuts, orange zest, flowers and peaches, of which appear on the palate in a classy, finessed expression of the house style. This is an especially refined and delicious NV Champagne. The Special Cuvée is roughly 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier (2004, 2003) sourced from a variety of vineyards. Bollinger adds 5–10% of reserve wines (in this case from 1995 and 1996, aged in magnums) which gives this offering its lovely complexity. The dosage is 7–9 grams per liter. This is Lot: 807704, disgorged towards the end of 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008–2012.
Always a rich non-vintage, this latest bottling doesn’t disappoint expectations. It has a rich, biscuity character, hints of toast along with pure citrus and fresh apricots. It is ripe, generous, to be drunk with food.
Now owned by Bollinger, Ayalarsquo;s Champagnes have seen great improvement in recent years. This nonvintage Brut is complex, with its dry character given weight by a hind of toast, almonds and a taut aftertaste.
25% chardonnay, 15% pinot meunier, 60% pinot noir. Deep golden straw in color with a slow persistent bead. Aromas of spicy sandalwood emerge, followed by toast, honey and mead. This is a robust, masculine Champagne with intense flavors of wood and ca... Chuck Hayward. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. N.V. Bollinger Special Cuvee 750ml
Bright yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of baked apple pear skin toasted nuts and brown spices. Rich and fleshy offering palate-coating orchard fruit flavors and notes of allspice herbs and toasty lees. Nicely blends sweetness and spiciness but finishes a bit abruptly with an echo of dusty minerals.
Jacques Joseph Bollinger was one of the first vintners to bottle dry Champagnes when he founded his firm in 1829. That style was retained as the house was passed down through the generation; today, it's run by Ghislain Montgolfier, Bollinger's great grandson. Pinot noir is a defining aspect of these wines, as is oak, which enriches them, dressing their substantial size in style, what Peter Liem described as "a ballplayer in a good suit." Super rich and gently powerful, Bollinger's current release of Special Cuvee is a grand non-vintage Brut. The aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle contrast spicy and broad flavors, full enough for roast sweetbreads.
This latest release of Special Cuveé holds closely to the house style. The bold, brisk and staid first taste may transport you to an oak-paneled men's club. It's all of a piece. sweet and gamey with a hard, sharp acidity, taut with exceptional effervescence. A robust aperitif.
Food Pairings for Champagne Bollinger Spécial Cuvée
Pale gold in color with a fine mousse, the Brut Majeur is aromatic on the nose. On the palate, it is well balanced and shows great style and complexity. Pinot Noir gives the wine richness and a long finish while Chardonnay, from the finest soils of the Côte des Blancs, adds delicacy, liveliness and freshness. Pinot Meunier, predominantly from the Marne Valley, gives the wine its appealing fruitiness and roundness.
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
41,665 cases made produced.
Closure: Crown Cap
Notes: 30 months ageing on the lees.
|Sugar: 8.5 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 4.6 grams per liter|
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