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Bollinger : Special Cuvee
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Bollinger : Special Cuvee

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Bollinger : Special Cuvee

The structure and liveliness of a champagne wine by Bollinger

The estate

Nicknamed “Boll” by those from Champagne or “Bolly” by the English, the timeless and legendary Bollinger Champagne House forms part of a small circle of three great Champagne houses. Bollinger Champagne’s style is defined through its remarkable precision, which is brought to every moment of production. With a respect for tradition, riddling done by hand, natural corks for magnum reserve bottles and the last permanent cooper in the region, excellence has symbolized Bollinger Champagne culture since its creation in Ay. More than just an art, it is a heritage.

The vineyard

The Bollinger Champagne House stands out for its 174 hectares spread out through seven main vineyards85% of which are Grand and Premier Crus, allowing the house to be one of the few which produces its own grapes for its blends. The house’s signature grape variety, Pinot Noir, represents 60% of the vineyard’s grape varieties.

The wine

Special Cuvee by Bollinger owes its name to the British estate agent who, having found the name "Brut sans annee" unsuitable, suggested the name "Special Cuvee" to Georges Bollinger.

Winemaking and aging

Exclusive use of the cuvee. Aging time in the cellar is more than 2 times greater than appellation rules. Dosage of 7 to 8g/liter.

Blend

Special Cuvee by Bollinger is made from a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier.

Tasting

Color

The wine is golden, with a wonderfully fine effervescence.

Nose

The nose presents complex fragrances of ripe fruits and spices, to which notes of roasted apples, stewed fruits and peaches are added.

Palate

Structured, long and lively, the palate offers flavorful touches of pear, brioche, spices and fresh walnuts.

Serving

For an optimal tasting, serve at between 10 and 12°C.

Food and wine pairings

Special Cuvee by Bollinger goes perfectly with all kinds of fish, notably sushis and sashimis, crustaceans (shrimp, langoustine, crayfish, grilled lobster), poultry and white meats, or even parmesan and exceptional cured hams.

Wine critic
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
Disgorged in the second half of 2019, the latest release of Bollinger's NV Brut Special Cuvée is based on the 2015 vintage, complemented by around 60% reserve wines. The wine is still quite tightly wound after its recent disgorgement, opening in the glass with notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, freshly baked bread, clear honey and orange peel, with little sign of the nuttiness to come with bottle age. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, muscular and incipiently textural, with a deep core, ripe acids and a pinpoint mousse. This isn't the most incisive vintage of Special Cuvée, but it's powerful and vinous and will have fine gastronomic potential with a little bottle age.
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