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Bollinger, Special Cuvée, Aÿ, Champagne NV

£51.00

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75cl

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12%

Arguably the most iconic Champagne of all, Bollinger’s Special Cuvée never fails to delight. A golden colour with a beautifully fine mousse. The nose is aromatic and complex with ripe fruit and spicy aromas. Roasted apples, apple compote and peaches burst on the palate. Brioche and notes of fresh walnut linger on the lasting finish. A great aperitif but also brilliant with sushi and sashimi, and even and grilled lobster. Enjoy now or choose to age in the cellar.

Sparkling
France
Champagne
Pinot Noir (60%), Chardonnay (25%), Pinot Meunier (15%)
Brut
Now to 2028
Cork
Aperitif, seafood, poultry, cheese, fruit-based desserts

Bollinger was founded in 1829 in the village of Aÿ, in the heart of the Champagne region, and is still family-owned to this day. In 1884, it became the first Champagne to be awarded a Royal Warrant, which it has held ever since. Bollinger also has several iconic partnerships, in particular as the preferred Champagne of James Bond.

Famous for its use of Pinot Noir, reserve magnums and oak ageing techniques, the Bollinger wines are defined as much by the vines and the terroir as they are by the art of their blending and vinification. Sustainability and organic principles are key to the House’s philosophy, with Bollinger the first Champagne House to be awarded the Haute Valeur Environmentale certification.

Bollinger is one of the very Champagne houses to produce the majority of its own grapes, boasting 178 hectares of its vineyards, which are planted with 85% Grand and Premier Cru vines. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House’s vineyards, corresponding to its exact proportion in the Special Cuvée blend.

The Special Cuvée itself is the result of the delicate blending between harvest grapes and a majority of reserve wines in magnums, including some aged for more than 15 years in Bollinger’s cellars. In 1911, Bollinger’s British agent gave 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…

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WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

“60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Meunier sourced from more than 300 crus, including 85% grands and premiers crus; 15% fermented in old oak barrels. The complexity and richness of Special Cuvée is unparalleled among the entry non-vintage blends of every Champagne house, short of ascending to the mesosphere of Krug. Its grand recipe explains why, built on incredible depth of 50%-60% reserves. Triumphant complexity is a given at Bollinger, but it’s the dynamic freshness and vitality that really set it apart as one of the most affordable Champagne benchmarks.” 96 Points
Decanter