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Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée Bruttext
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Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV

Champagne, FranceSpecial Cuvée first appeared on Bollinger labels in 1911 after Bollinger’s London agent heard a family member ask someone on the staff to bring up a bottle of his special cuvée from the cellar. In any definition of a non-vintage house style in Champagne, Bollinger’s ‘Special Cuvée’ is it. The tiny bubbles alone are stunning. The toasty, biscuity nose, the pure, dry attack with bits of fresh red (cherry) and white (peach) fruits and the complex mid-palate and finish will make you forget prosecco forever. Special Cuvée has aged a minimum three, sometimes four to five years before release, and there is, on average, 10 percent reserve wine in the blend, some as old as fifteen years. And 50 percent of all that wine is fermented in oak casks. The mix is 60/25/15 pinot noir/chardonnay/pinot meunier, and over 85 percent is off Grand Cru, or Premier Cru rated vineyards and with 50 hectares owned Bollinger’s they supply 70 percent of all grapes required. One of the best champagnes in the market for its class.Tasted: 27 July 2016Tasted by: Prices: BC 89.99 BCLS MB 80.25 Manitoba's Liquor Mart ON 78.95 LCBO QC 76.25 SAQ PEI 74.95 PEI Liquor NB 79.95 ANBL NS 79.95 NSLC Producer: Bollinger, ChampagneDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 384529UPC: 3052853075909