Wine of the Week #1507: Bollinger Special Cuvée

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PRODUCER PROFILE | Champagne Bollinger

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[ Farming & Vineyards ]

Champagne Bollinger owns vineyards totalling some nearly 400 acres which are planted amidst the most celebrated and privileged of Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites. Additional complexity is derived from the regional spread of these properties: Aÿ, Avenay, Tauxières, Louvois et Verzenay are planted to Pinot Noir, Cuis with Chardonnay and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Virtually unprecedented amongst non-Vintage Champagne, 85% of the grapes that comprise Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée come from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyard sites.

Bollinger is one of a very few champagne Houses who grow the majority of their own grapes, rather than purchasing grapes from commercial growers or leasing vineyards from third-party farmers. Pinot Noir makes up approximately 60% of Bollinger’s vineyards, in turn corresponding proportionately to the content of Pinot Noir in the Special Cuvée blend. Complex and powerful, it provides Bollinger wines with their remarkable structure.

[ Winemaking & Aging ]

Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée is aged for more than twice the minimum requirement set out by appellation regulations. This Champagne can be enjoyed now – or laid down to rest in the cellar for another 6-8 years – and is best served between 10 and 12 degrees C.

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.

[ Price ]

BOTTLE: $73.95

CASE: $443.70


[ Technical Specs ]

ALCOHOL: 12.5%


Case Pack: 6 x 750mL

GRAPES: 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay & 15% Meunier

Dosage: 8-9 g/L

[ Recipes & Food Pairings ]

The Tortoise Club (Chicago) Lobster Roll – RECIPE

Poached Whole Salmon w/ Pistachio Yogurt – RECIPE

Foie Gras Dumplings in Cilantro-Beef Consomme – RECIPE

[ Tasting Notes ]

“Like a fine tapestry, this weaves rich flavors of blackberry tart, lemon parfait, graphite and toasted almond together on the creamy palate. Finely honed acidity creates a vibrant thread throughout. Drink now through 2022.”

93/100 Points

Alison Napjus /

(November, 2014)


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