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Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV

Champagne from France - Champagne
A hedonist's dream from one of the great Champagne houses. The grapes – mostly pinot noir – are from grand cru vineyards, which explains the generous, full-bodied Bollinger style. Other factors that come into play include a first fermentation in oak (they even have their own cooper to make the barrels) and a minimum of 36 months ageing before disgorgement. The style is rich, full-flavoured and distinctive with a lovely creamy texture, tiny pinhead bubbles, and a refreshing extremely fine quality. The house remains family owned, and its dedication to quality enshrined in a charter of ethics which many of the better houses try to emulate.
Price: £49.00 Bottle
Price: £245.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: CH40201

Wine characteristics

  • Champagne
  • Bone dry
  • Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay
  • 12% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • 75cl
  • Champagne cork

Bollinger

Bollinger has land-owning roots in the Champagne region dating as far back as the 16th century although the house as we know it today was officially established only in 1829, by Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger. In the late 19th century the prestige image of the brand began to develop and it even became the official supplier to the British court, receiving the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.
The most significant period of its history was from 1941 to 1977, the tenure of Madame“Lilly” Bollinger, who expanded production significantly and was ahead of her time in travelling the world to promote the brand. Around this time Bollinger also acquired some of its precious pinot noir vineyards, using the grapes in the production of its two rosés.

Unusually for a Champagne house, Bollinger have been grape growers as well as producers from the beginning. The house charter states that 70% of grape supply must always come from the firm’s own vineyards, defining the standards of excellence that are synonymous with the Bollinger name.

80% of the harvest is fermented in oak barrels, making the finished wines well-suited to extended ageing and contributing body and depth of flavour. There are only two types of blends produced, both pinot noir-dominated: the non-vintage Special Cuvée is the expression of the Bollinger house style, while the vintage-dated Grande Année, produced only in exceptional years, is designed to express the inherent character of the vintage. R.D (Recently...
Bollinger has land-owning roots in the Champagne region dating as far back as the 16th century although the house as we know it today was officially established only in 1829, by Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger. In the late 19th century the prestige image of the brand began to develop and it even became the official supplier to the British court, receiving the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.
The most significant period of its history was from 1941 to 1977, the tenure of Madame“Lilly” Bollinger, who expanded production significantly and was ahead of her time in travelling the world to promote the brand. Around this time Bollinger also acquired some of its precious pinot noir vineyards, using the grapes in the production of its two rosés.

Unusually for a Champagne house, Bollinger have been grape growers as well as producers from the beginning. The house charter states that 70% of grape supply must always come from the firm’s own vineyards, defining the standards of excellence that are synonymous with the Bollinger name.

80% of the harvest is fermented in oak barrels, making the finished wines well-suited to extended ageing and contributing body and depth of flavour. There are only two types of blends produced, both pinot noir-dominated: the non-vintage Special Cuvée is the expression of the Bollinger house style, while the vintage-dated Grande Année, produced only in exceptional years, is designed to express the inherent character of the vintage. R.D (Recently Disgorged) is the same blend as Grande Année, kept on its lees and disgorged much later.

The wines of Bollinger are always rich and distinctive in style, fine ambassadors of a house that continues to build its reputation on classic, complex Champagnes with the ability to age gracefully.
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ft.com

This is such a classychampagne, produced by a small family-owned house obsessed with quality.Complexity and plenty of pinot noir in the blend are the wine’s hallmarks.

- Jonathan Ray

The Daily Telegraph

Top 60 wines forChristmas: Bollinger is famous for the quiet majesty and power of its veryhandsome pinot-driven non-vintage blend.

- Victoria Moore

The Daily Telegraph

Bollinger still hascachet – in spades – and deservedly so.

- Victoria Moore

The Sunday Times

Full bodied, rich,creamy and oaky, this superb Grande Marque is a quick way to impress yourfriends.

- Will Lyons

JancisRobinson.com

Pale-medium gold witha burnished tint. Oxidative apple rind, some almond and bready lees, andblack-cherry tones. Fairly fine mousse, with a vinosity and suppleness. Richstone fruit and apple. Good length.
Pale-medium gold witha burnished tint. Oxidative apple rind, some almond and bready lees, andblack-cherry tones. Fairly fine mousse, with a vinosity and suppleness. Richstone fruit and apple. Good length.
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- Tim Jackson

Decanter

60% pinot noir, 25%chardonnay, 15% meunier sourced from more than 300 crus, including 85% grandsand premiers crus, fermented in old oak barrels. The complexity and richness ofSpecial Cuvée is...
60% pinot noir, 25%chardonnay, 15% meunier sourced from more than 300 crus, including 85% grandsand premiers crus, fermented in old oak barrels. The complexity and richness ofSpecial Cuvée is unparalleled among the entry non-vintage blends of everyChampagne house, short of ascending to the mesosphere of Krug. Its grand recipeexplains why, built on incredible depth of 50-60% reserves. Triumphantcomplexity is a given at Bollinger, but it's the dynamic freshness and vitalitythat really set it apart as one of the most affordable Champagne benchmarks.
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- Tyson Steltzer

Decanter

Notes of flowerybeeswax, white fruit and quince on the nose. The palate has a flinty austeritywith Braeburn apple, white pepper and subtle spice followed by yeasty richnessand a brisk finish.

- Panel Tasting

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