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  • Producer ranking ?

    83
  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    shellfish with guacamole

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The Story

The underground world of the House’s cellars reveals the full importance of time at Bollinger’s. After primary fermentation in small stainless steel or wooden casks the wine is bottled in the spring and taken down to rest in the pervading silence of the chalk cellars; Special Cuvée champagne will remain there for at least three years and vintage cuvees for much longer. It is this long period of rest that develops the extraordinarily delicate aromas of the wine and gives the bubbles their smooth texture. 

Each year, some of the very best wines are added to the House’s exceptional collection of 700,000 reserve magnums which are kept for blending Special Cuvée. Stoppered with natural corks during a light secondary fermentation, these magnums enable each wine, from every cru and every plot, to reveal the infinite subtlety of their bouquet and to develop their full complexity while being protected from oxidation. This is a luxury that gives Bollinger the opportunity of letting wines mature over many years before being used. The art of using reserve wines has reached absolute perfection!

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Wine Information

Blend
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Meunier
Over 85% Grands and Premiers Crus

Maturation
Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the Appellation

Dosage
Moderate, 8 to 9 grams

To the eye
A golden colour, distinctive of black grape varieties
Very fine bubbles

To the nose
A beautiful aromatic complexity
Ripe fruit and spicy aromas
Hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches

To the palate
A subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity
Bubbles like velvet. Pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.

All fish, especially sushi and sashimi
Seafood: shrimp, prawn, crayfish, grilled lobster
Poultry and white meat
Cashews, Parmesan, prosciutto, especially Pata Negra

"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 and 12°c. You can enjoy Special Cuvée right away, or choose to age it in your cellar… for more than 8 years."
Mathieu Kauffmann, Cellar Master

History
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.

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Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Smooth and Pure

flavors

Vanilla, Citrus, Bread, Toasty, Nutty and White fruits

nose

Pure, Complex, Fresh and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Well-structured, Balanced, Unbalanced, Youthful, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Firm, Rich, Fresh and Dry

Verdict

Transparent and Impressive

Written Notes

Yet again, one of my absolute favorites among nonvintage Champagnes. Since the beginning of the 1990s the wine has only been four years old when it enters THE MARKE and is vinified in steel vats. Even so, it's fascinating to see how much 12 percent old reserve wines, vinified in oak barrels and stored in magnums, do to lift the product. The oakish, smoky, and deep Bollinger style develops after a couple of years in the bottle.
  • 81p

Bright, straw yellow colour. Fresh, complex nose with oystershell, bricohe, spicy and walnut notes. Dry, crisp and dense palate with firm and supple structure with rich fine mousse and long vibrant finish. JL 90p (17/9/2020)

  • 90p

Bollinger’s NV Special Cuvée knocks it out of the park. Made from 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Meunier, with 30% of the blend brought up in barrels, it boasts a rich, deep, medium to full-bodied style as well as terrific notes of lemon curd, crème brûlée, caramelized stone fruits, and hints of toasty nuttiness that develop with time in the glass. It’s a big, rich Champagne that stays balanced and pure. Beautiful stuff.

  • 93p

Fine bubbles combine nicely with the cooked apples, pie crust and lemon rind. Some biscuit, too. Full body. Layered and creamy with a crisp finish. Always delicious. Drink now.
RP91
 

  • 92p

A golden colour, distinctive of black grape varieties very fine bubbles. A beautiful aromatic complexity, ripe fruit and spicy aromash, hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches. A subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. Bubbles like velvet, pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.

  • 88p
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Origin

Ay, Champagne

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