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The Champagne House of Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Over the years the vineyard holdings have been steadily increased with the largest expansion taking place under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. She ran the company between 1941 and 1977 and today it is managed by her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier.
Bollinger has a reputation for producing muscular champagnes with body, depth and power, and is today considered one of the "Great" Champagne houses. 70% of the grapes come from the firm's own vineyards. 80% of the harvest is barrel-fermented with the wines being kept on their yeast lees for an extended period of time (in the case of the RD, around 10 years). Bollinger produces classic, complex, Pinot-Noir dominated champagnes with the ability to age gracefully for many years.
Bollinger are famed for their rich and savoury style of wines, dominated by Pinot Noir and underwritten by oak fermentation and extensive lees maturation. It seemed only a matter of time before the release of a non-vintage rosé and this wine has been well worth the wait. Dry, powerful and very serious indeed, this highly polished rosé combines notes of plum, patisserie, cinnamon and spice. With structure and weight and harmony of vibrant flavours right across the palate, this is a delicious accompaniment that can match a variety of dishes.
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Bottle 6 x 75cl
A blend par excellence; Special Cuvée is the purest expression of Bollinger's house style. Its biscuity nose is endowed with hints of white fruit and the rich, full-bodied palate is perfectly balanced by fresh acidity and a soft, delicate mousse. A stylish Champagne that is ideal to drink now or in the next two or three years.
Salmanaz. 1 x 900cl
BALTHAZAR 1 x 1200cl
Ready to drink now, there is an abundance of ripe and generous flavour on the nose, with quince, caramelised apple and hazelnut standing out. The palate is broad, with a creamy texture from the oak fermentation and fine, delicate mousse. There is a note of honey on the long finish. One to enjoy immediately whilst waiting for the 2002s. Fergus Stewart - Private Account Manager La Grande Année is the ultimate expression of the Bollinger house style; rich and full - one of the world’s great Champagnes. The Champagne House of Bollinger was established in 1829 and rose to prominence under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. Still family owned, this is a Champagne house of world renown. In the best vintages, they produce La Grande Année, their “Prestige Cuvée”. 95% of the fruit is from Grand Cru sites, the remaining 5% from the finest Premier Crus; first fermentation is in 100% old oak barrels, followed by 6 years ageing on its lees with manual riddling prior to disgorgement. These are classic and complex Pinot Noir dominated Champagnes (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay), powerful yet refined with the ability to age beautifully.
Bollinger's Grande Année Rosé champagne is a subtler wine than its non-vintage sibling, lighter in colour and more delicate of aroma, yet ultimately more profound. Pinot Noir, as one would expect, dominates the blend ( 68%) , and is also added as a still wine, but only a relatively modest 5%. Onion-skin heading towards salmon of colour, the 2004 boasts all the qualities of this generous vintage and the wine, en bouche, combines lively red fruit notes with a savoury, satisfying finish. Taut and focused, this is an engaging exemplar of the cerebral potential of Rosé Champagne in general and Bollinger’s burgeoning expertise in this area in particular. (Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
Magnum 1 x 150cl
Bottle 1 x 75cl
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Jeroboam 1 x 300cl
Good old Bollinger pioneered giving useful information on the back label. This wine, made from the produce of 16 Premier and especially Grand Cru villages is intense and savoury. (Jancis Robinson - FT Top 100 Festive Wine - 26-Nov-2011) An absolutely magnificent nose of melted butter on thick white toast with beguiling undertones of tropical fruits. (I know it sounds a tad romantic but it really does!) As complex on the palate, with a weight and breath that's totally compelling. Rich, round and profound this is truly one of the most exciting champagnes I've drunk. Gorgeous now but will grow and blossom beautifully over the next decade. (Simon Staples, Berrys' Fine Wine Director) This enticing blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay has been fermented in oak and aged under natural cork until disgorgement in July of 2010, then allowed a respectable repose before its release. The nose is forthright and powerful, with orchard fruit and hints of honey evidenced, together with sherbet and grilled almond, all amazingly pure and precise. Intimations cede to certainties on the palate as encyclopaedic flavours defer to the reputations of vintage and House alike, with nutty, creamy notes, an elegant fruit scherzo with fine balancing acidity, and an authoritative finish, all perfectly integrated and wonderfully fresh. (Simon Field MW, Berrys' Champagne Buyer)
Bollinger’s 2002 R.D. was always going to be special. A great vintage, a grand house and a magnificent pedigree. From the very start, it flows into the glass creating a superb, creamy mousse which leads on to brioche and honeyed hints signifying all the richness, weight and sheer concentration that late-disgorgement brings to the best Champagne. That gorgeous creaminess first seen at pouring comes through again, tight knit and in multiple waves of different hues and flavours before finally finishing fresh, youthful and even zesty. A terrific wine and one to intrigue for decades – on those very special occasions. Tom Cave – Cellar Plan Manager With the anticipated excitement around the quality of the 2002 vintage, this wine was bound to be thrilling and we are not disappointed. There is a full and lively mousse, an effervescence that accentuates the aromas of hazelnut, manuka honey, gunflint, white flowers and dried Verbena on the nose. At first the palate is rich, open and full with swathes of ripe pear and honey and yet in a matter of moments this opulence turns in on itself. The tension and nerve on the back of the palate is incredible, the acidity and energy is taut and steely, much like a playful and yet painfully shy child. This 2002 R. D. is complex and cerebral. Full of intrigue now but one that will last for years. Stuart Rae – Private Account Manager