This is the most accomplished expression of the Bollinger style, in the ability to recreate year after year, a blend that is constant in style & quality, in its bouquet, body, balance, vinosity and finesse. It is on this wine that the House bases its difference, makes its qualitative choices and means to be judged.
- FRA - Champagne
"One of the most famous names in champagne has a new look with a stylish change in bottle design, inspired by a 19th century bottle rediscovered in the companys cellars. It is, as always, spectacular; true to the more modern style that evolved a few years ago as a result of changes within the winery. Power, elegance and style. "Rating 95 - Ray Jordan, Weekend West (15/DEC/2012)
"The pace of change at Bollinger is nothing short of astounding and its once-aldehydic Special Cuvee has never shown finer form. Such richness of fruit mince spice is unrivalled in non-vintage Champagne, short of ascending to the mesosphere of Krug itself. Boldly led by pinot noir, bolstered by barrel-fermented reserve wines, it’s a triumph of masterly controlled complexity. "Rating 95 - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Companion (DEC/2012)
"In typical Bollinger fashion, this is an immensely complex blend with 55% reserve wines stored in magnums for up to 15 years. It initially seems to be a sibling of Krug with its spice and almond biscuit bouquet, but then fines out and lengthens on the supple palate. Great overall mouthfeel and an even better aftertaste."Rating 95 - James Halliday, Weekend Australian (17/NOV/2012)
"Absolutely true to form: luxurious, complex and rich aromas with mouth-filling, creamy flavours thanks barrel fermentation of the base wines, a high proportion of pinot noir and older reserve wines in the blend, and three years lees-ageing. The wide spread of prices indicated here reflects that fact that Bollinger, a sought-after brand, is currently being imported by more than one company and competition is fierce."Max Allen, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine (NOV/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Grand Crus and Premier Crus
Grapes are sourced from 30 Crus, approximately 75% of which are Bollinger's own vineyard.
80% of these Crus are either Grand Cru or Premier Cru.
On average the blend comprise 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15 Pinot Meunier.
Only the Cuvee (first pressing) is used - in common with all Bollinger wines. First fermentation is done in steel tanks. Follwing second fermentation and lees ageing for at least 3 years, a light dosage of 6-98 grams per litre is added. After disgorgement the wine rests in Bollinger's cellars for at least 3 montsh prior to shipping.