Special Cuvée, Bollinger
Bollinger is unquestionably one of the very greatest of all French champagnes, very much family owned in contrast to those owned by the big conglomerates. Long my favourite, and the oldest Royal Warrant holder. James Bonds favourite too.
22 years ago, Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festival, James Naughtie of the BBC and I joined with Bollinger to invent the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for the funniest novel of the year. Winners have included Howard Jacobson (The Mighty Waltzer), Michael Frayn (Spies), Marina Lewycka (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian), Paul Torday (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Ian McEwan (Solar) and last years winner Guy Kennaways hilarious The Accidental Collector. It has been a joy for me to get to know Bollinger and the Scottish born Madame Bollingers house so well over two decades now.
- David Campbell, Founder of FromVineyardsDirect