Bollinger


Bollinger Special Cuvée Bond Special Edition |Brut |NV

Bollinger

Bollinger Special Cuvée Bond Special Edition

Brut NV

$82.95

- A limited release of the Special Cuvée

- Full-bodied brut champagne from one of the Grandes Marques

- 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier

Bollinger has been the exclusive Champagne partner of Bond since 1979, and this year is special as they celebrate the release of the upcoming movie No Time to Die, which will be the 25th movie in the series.

The high proportion of Pinot Noir is the signature of the house. They use oak barrels, all 3,500 of them which makes Bollinger the house with the most oak barrels in champagne (similar to Krug) and all ferments happen in oak.

About 50-60% reserve wines being used, and these have come from magnums. This is substantially important as most houses use barrels or stainless steel vates to store large amounts of reserve wine to blend into their wine. 

The last ingredient in making the Special Cuvée special is 'time'. 3 years on lees in barrel, magnum and bottle.  The result is a mineral-driven, vinous style of champagne that yields richness in fruit from pinot and an underlying super fresh, citrus zing coming through. Does it get much better than this?

Bollinger remain quite possibly one of the most famous family-owned champagne houses of all. Bollinger are well known for their dominance of the powerful and expressive pinot noir from Aÿ where they were founded, their use of magnums for production of all their wines and a traditional wine making style incorporating fermentation in oak barrels from which they have never deviated. They still have their own in-house cooper who makes and manages their stock of some 3,500 barrels! That equates to about 1 million bottles being fermented in barrel - that is the largest (along with Krug) of any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best sites across Champagne.

60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier. More than 300 crus; more than 85% grand cru and premier cru; 15% fermented in old oak barrels; aged 3–4 years on lees; 8g/L dosage; 90% of production, more than 2.5 million bottles

"The complexity and richness of Special Cuvée is unparalleled among the entry non-vintage blends of every champagne house, short of ascending to the mesosphere of Krug. Its grand recipe explains why, built on incredible depth of 50–60% reserves...The 2013 base boasts more than 50% reserves. This is the finest Special Cuvée since the stunning 2008 base five years ago – and it just might top that monumental wine! Triumphant complexity is a given at Bollinger, but it’s dynamic freshness and vitality that really set apart the very best releases."  96/100 point - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide - 2020-21 

About the house

Bollinger remain quite possibly one of the most famous family-owned champagne houses of all. Bollinger are well known for their dominance of the powerful and expressive pinot noir from Aÿ where they were founded, their use of magnums for production of all their wines and a traditional wine making style incorporating fermentation in oak barrels from which they have never deviated. They still have their own in-house cooper who makes and manages their stock of some 3,500 barrels! That equates to about 1 million bottles being fermented in barrel - that is the largest (along with Krug) of any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best sites across Champagne.

Reviews

"The complexity and richness of Special Cuvée is unparalleled among the entry non-vintage blends of every champagne house, short of ascending to the mesosphere of Krug. Its grand recipe explains why, built on incredible depth of 50–60% reserves...The 2013 base boasts more than 50% reserves. This is the finest Special Cuvée since the stunning 2008 base five years ago – and it just might top that monumental wine! Triumphant complexity is a given at Bollinger, but it’s dynamic freshness and vitality that really set apart the very best releases."  96/100 point - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide - 2020-21 

Technical details

60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier. More than 300 crus; more than 85% grand cru and premier cru; 15% fermented in old oak barrels; aged 3–4 years on lees; 8g/L dosage; 90% of production, more than 2.5 million bottles

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking


Barrel-maturation

Earth


Mineral

Foods


Brioche Honey

Orchard Fruit


Red Apple

Stone Fruit


Peach Nectarine Black Cherry Fig

Herbs & Spices


Ginger