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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.
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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.
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Salmanaz. 1 x 900cl
BALTHAZAR 1 x 1200cl
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)
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Rare and infinitely subtle, La Grande Année Rosé is a blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay, almost all from Grand Cru vineyards, with the Pinot element including 5% of red wine added from the famous Bollinger vineyard of La Cote aux Enfants. Over six years of maturation on natural cork has been complemented by seven grams of sugar added by way of dosage and then further post disgorgement slumber to ensure a perfectly harmonious equilibrium. This is evidenced by a gentle onion-skin colour, a nose of brioche, ginger and mandarin and a palate which combines expressive red fruit with a perfectly creamy and yet citric counterpoint, courtesy of the Chardonnay. The texture is lacy yet complete, ethereal and magnificently satisfying. Simon Field MW – Wine Buyer
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Jeroboam 1 x 300cl
Hailed as the best vintage since 1928, 1996 is ideally suited to the powerfully expressive style of RD. An attractive toasty nose, with notes of roasted nuts and summer fruit leads on to an explosion of flavour on the palate with the savoury and the sweet harmoniously harnessed followed by a majestic finish.This is an exceptional RD, powerful enough to match a variety of dishes and, needless to say, superb on its own. The ultimate expression from the ultimate Champagne House!
Magnum 3 x 150cl
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)
The R.D. or recently disgorged style of Champagne, unique to Bollinger, produces rich, full-bodied, complex wines due to the extended ageing on their lees until they are bottled, fully mature.