In a nutshell: A generous magnum of one of the most famous of Champagnes whose reputation speaks for itself.
The lowdown: A golden colour with a beautiful fine mousse, guaranteed to impress at any celebration. The nose is aromatic and complex with ripe fruit and spicy aromas. Roasted apples, apple compote and peaches burst on the palate. Brioche and notes of fresh walnut linger on the lasting finish. A subtle combination of structure, length, and vivacity.
The House of Champagne Bollinger was founded in 1829 in the village of Ay, in the heart of the Champagne region. Famous for its use of Pinot Noir, reserve magnums and oak aging techniques. They were the first Champagne House to be awarded a Royal Warrant in 1884, by the Court of England, which it has held ever since. The House's 178ha are planted with 85% Grand and Premier Cru vines, and include two famous plots, the Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the Houses vineyards, corresponding to its exact proportion in the Special Cuvee blend.
When to drink: Serve it between 10 and 12° as the perfect aperitif. It also suits a wide range of seafood dishes, poultry or white meats.
Champagne Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and to this day is still family owned and based in the town of Aÿ.
Benefitting from ownership of 164 hectares of vineyards in the finest Premier and Grand Champagne Bollinger wines are defined as much by the vines the grapes come from, as by the blending process, or the House's century old barrels in which
the wines mature.
The essence of the wines comes from the 166 hectares of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards owned by the House in Avenay, Champvoisy, Cuis, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay, as well as the stellar Pinot Noir site La Côte Aux Enfants in the heart of Aÿ. Bollingers untamed beauty reflects the spirit of our time, when people seek luxury without artifice. This natural splendour can be observed from above the Avenay vineyard, where bees from the Bollinger hives pollinate an abundance of wild flowers which grow between the vines. This embrace of nature is fundamental to the Bollinger approach of respecting the environment, which has seen it be the first Champagne House awarded the Haute Valeur Environmentale certification. More than this, sustainable viticulture is a true commitment for the House, for fine Champagne is the product of a fine landscape.
At Bollinger, the brick walls, exposed wood floors, aged casks and rustic charm convey the beauty and tradition of a Champagne family, who have spent 158 years perfecting their secret of discreet luxury, the key to which lies in the quality and the detail of their wines. The natural, unassuming charm of the House continues with Cellar Master Gilles Descôtes, the grandson of a Champagne grower who has been amongst the vines from an early age. He is custodian of the five labyrinthine kilometres of cellars that run under Aÿ, permeated by the scent of fermented fruit, old wood and earth. These house the treasured Bollinger wines, including a matchless collection of over 700,000 magnums of reserve wines, poised and ready to be blended into the Houses masterstroke of consistency; Bollinger Special Cuvée.