n/v Special Cuvee Brut
Why We Love It:
After a couple of weeks of real summer weather – we are all looking for ways to soak up the sun and beat the heat. There is not wine I enjoy more on a sunny hot afternoon or long warm evening on the patio than a glass of bubbly. Versatile with food, social and celebratory by nature and nothing but pure refreshment – sparkling wine is made to help you make – and enjoy! – warm summer memories.
From ceviche to grilled seafood, cold soups to poached fish, and pizza to charcuterie and cheeseboards, you can’t go wrong with a glass of your favourite bubbly to refresh your palate between classic summer bites.
For the past few years, we have been able to bring you a release of Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut a couple of times each year – usually in the spring, and then again a month or two ahead of Christmas. This year we are very pleased to see LCBO Vintages add a third release of this flagship Champagne to Ontario consumers in the heart of the summer.
This Champagne sells out faster each time it comes to market, so you’d be well advised to pay a visit to your nearest LCBO Vintages shop ASAP to secure a few bottles of this delicious Champagne and enjoy it all summer long!
Recipes & Food Pairings:
Looking for a few creative recipes to try out in the coming weeks that pair perfectly with this wine? Here are 5 non-traditional takes on the classic Caprese Salad – each offering light and refreshing summer eating that’s pure magic alongside Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne:
Watermelon & Strawberry Caprese Salad – RECIPE
Hasselback Tomato Caprese Salad – RECIPE
Grilled Cantaloupe Caprese Salad – RECIPE
Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Bites – RECIPE
Beet Carpaccio Caprese Salad – RECIPE
CASE: $539.70 (case of 6 bottles)
Case Pack: 6 x 750mL
GRAPES: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
CLOSURE: Natural Cork
CELLAR POTENTIAL: Now to 2035
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 12°C to 14°C
“Disgorged in the second half of 2019, the latest release of Bollinger’s NV Brut Special Cuvée is based on the 2015 vintage, complemented by around 60% reserve wines. The wine is still quite tightly wound after its recent disgorgement, opening in the glass with notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, freshly baked bread, clear honey and orange peel, with little sign of the nuttiness to come with bottle age. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, muscular and incipiently textural, with a deep core, ripe acids and a pinpoint mousse. This isn’t the most incisive vintage of Special Cuvée, but it’s powerful and vinous and will have fine gastronomic potential with a little bottle age. Drink date: 2022-2035.”
91+ out of 100 Points