The Bollinger Special Cuvée is a distinct, full-bodied, rich and robust champagne.
The pinot-heavy blend is famously fermented in oak barrels, making Bollinger a serious wine, and one I always recommend to red wine drinkers wanting to try champagne.
Bollinger Special Cuvée Tasting Notes
Bubble & Flute Review
In a word... Soulful. Other words perfect for the Bollinger Special Cuvée would be full-bodied, bold or up-front or powerful.
In a sentence… The Bollinger Special Cuvée is a remarkable champagne that is underpinned by a great depth of pinot noir and an exacting and unique winemaking technique that produces a velvety and soulful champagne that stands out for its hints of vanilla, spice, brioche and honey.
Moment or mood… Soulful moments. A glass of the Bollinger Special Cuvée is like the champagne equivalent of Adele – her rich, powerful, soulful voice is full of character.
Where to buy it… all good wine retailers. Expect to pay about $80 a bottle.
*Bubble & Flute Champagne Style – Rich & Robust
Wine Expert Reviews
Robert Parker… Disgorged in May 2021, the latest rendition of Bollinger’s NV Brut Special Cuvée is showing beautifully, offering up aromas of ripe orchard fruit, citrus oil and peach, mingled with hints of walnuts and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with a generous core of fruit, lively acids and a pillowy mousse, it’s seamless and complete, concluding with an expansive finish. 92 Points
Tyson Stelzer… 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. It resonates with all of the exceptional depth of pinot noir treated to deep reserves, in a universe of complexity, spanning light years of black cherries, red apples, pears, figs and a panoply of spice. Layers of character emerge from the woodwork, reverberating with Bollinger’s signature notes of ginger, toasted brioche, mixed spice, roast nuts and honey. For all this, it upholds achingly pristine brightness of lemon zest and grapefruit, at every moment freshened and enlivened by the prominent chalk minerality of its fabled terroirs, culminating in a masterful crescendo of fine, frothing, salt and iodine-infused minerality. 96 points
Tasting notes from Bollinger Champagne
Eye…a golden colour, distinctive of black grape varieties; very fine bubbles.
Nose… a beautiful aromatic complexity; ripe fruit and spicy aromas; hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches.
Palate…a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity; bubbles like velvet; pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.
Food pairings…Any fish, especially sushi and sashimi; Seafood: shrimp, prawn, crayfish, grilled lobster. Poultry and white meat. Parmesan, good cured ham.
“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.”
The Technical Details
60% Pinot Noir
Blended from 300 crus (including 85% grand crus and premier crus)
Dosage – 7-8 g/l
Aged – for 3 – 4 years on lees
Reserve wines – a majority of reserve wines, part of which have been aged in magnums for 5 – 15 years.
Fermentation – fermented in oak barrels
Total annual production – 2.5 million bottles
*Bubble & Flute Champagne Style Guide
After more than a decade of champagne tastings with everyone from beginners to fully-fledged champs-snobs, I have developed a theory that everyone has a basic, favourite style of champagne they’ll always choose over everything else.
I have developed my Bubble & Flute Champagne Style to reveal your champagne style and suggest more champagnes to try, based on your style, that I think you are totally going to love!
Once you know your champagne style you will visit wine shops or shop online feeling more confident and comfortable selecting new champagnes because you know and understand what style of champagnes you like most.
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