From one of the few remaining family Houses in Champagne, the Special Cuvée is Bollinger’s statement to the world.
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
"Bollinger has more than 700,000 magnums of reserve wines, all with cork closures and aged for between five and 15 years, which contribute 5-10 per cent of the Special Cuvee. Once tiraged (bottled), the wine spends three years before being disgorged. Small wonder it is magnificently complex and rich, with superb length and intensity, and the finish that simply says drink more. "
Rating 95 - James Halliday, Weekend Australian (10/DEC/2011)
"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 Magazine (01/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.