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Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Champagne

  • Champagne
  • France, 750ml
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Golden colour, distinctive of black grape varieties, very fine bubbles. On the nose, a beautiful aromatic complexity, ripe fruit and spicy aromas, hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches. On the palate, a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity, bubbles like velvet, pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.

  • Winery: Bollinger
  • Varietal: 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Meunier
  • Region: Champagne, France
  • Vintage: NV
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Cork
  • Other: Contains sulphites
  • Food match: Lobster, shrimp, shellfish, smoked salmon, caviar, oysters, fried chicken, Brie-style cheeses, fruit-based desserts (tarts and crepes)

In 1911, Georges Bollinger’s British agent gave him the idea for the name Special Cuvée - “special” written the English way, without an accent. He thought the French expression “Brut sans année” was no match for such a subtle champagne... More than a hundred years later, the name of Bollinger’s key figure champagne still symbolizes both its expertise and its history.

"Special Cuvée is perfect shared among friends, for a simple and meaningful moment. It is the champagne we give to the people we love and who love nice things. To enhance its unique style, bouquet and aromas, Special Cuvée is best served between 10°C and 12°C. You can enjoy Special Cuvée right away, or choose to age it in your cellar". Bollinger

Bollinger’s exceptional vineyard - The House’s 178 hectares are planted with 85% of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines, spread over seven main vineyards: Aÿ, Avenay, Tauxières, Louvois et Verzenay are planted with Pinot Noir, Cuis with Chardonnay and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Bollinger is one of a very few champagne Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House’s vineyard, corresponding to the exact proportion of this demanding grape variety in the Special Cuvée blend. Complex and powerful, it provides Bollinger wines with their remarkable structure. Another of Bollinger’s distinctive features are two plots, the Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres, which have never succumbed to phylloxera, the disease which ravaged almost all of the champagne wine-growing area in the early 20th century. These ungrafted vines are entirely tended by hand and reproduced using a form of layering called provignage, thereby providing the means to preserve this extraordinary heritage from which the very exclusive Vieilles Vignes Françaises cuvée is produced.

Preserving and improving the vineyard - The Bollinger vines are an integral part of the geography of the Champagne region, their straight rows, which count for some of the most tightly planted in the world, creating a highly recognisable landscape. To preserve this harmony, the House constantly improves its vineyard by replacing iron stakes by pine posts, planting flowers and installing pristine boundary markers. Bollinger also supports sustainable winegrowing by grassing over the ground, using biological pest control, significantly reducing the use of herbicides and recycling pruning waste. Planting hedges and orchards helps to preserve biodiversity, while the 4 hectares of the Côte aux Enfants vineyard are managed organically. Bollinger is the first champagne House to obtain High Environmental Value certification, marking the strength of its commitment to protecting the vineyard.

  • Double Gold - 2020 New Zealand International Wine Show
  • Gold - 2019 New Zealand International Wine Show
  • 95/100 Points - Bob Campbell
  • 95/100 Points - Jeannie Cho Lee
  • 94/100 Points - Falstaff Magazin
  • 92/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast
  • 92/100 Points - Spectator
  • 17/20 Points - La Revue du Vin de France
  • 4.5 Stars - Cuisine - Champagne Over $100 Champagne
  • 16.5/20 Points - Vinum Wine Magazine
  • 94/100 Points - Gilbert & Gaillard
  • 94/100 Points - Huon Hooke

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