BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE NV
Bollinger is one of the great champagnes, not only because it's one of the best known, thanks to its long affiliation with Ab' Fab and James Bond, but because of its high quality of production - grand cru grapes, oak fermentation and long lees aging time.
This is the flagship wine from Champagne Bollinger. A portion is fermented in oak (always older oak) to encourage gentle, slow oxidative fermentation rather than wood flavours and the wine spends three years on tirage (double the time for most non vintage champagnes). This long aging time provides more depth of flavour as the lees break down, releasing flavour into the wine. It's a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier; over 85% of which are from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards.
It is dry, toasty, savoury and rich in flavour with elegance from its fresh acidity, depth of flavour and long finish.
Bollinger was founded in 1829.