Special Cuvée, Bollinger
20 years ago, Peter Florence of the Hay Festival, James Naughtie of the BBC Today programme 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) and Ian McEwan (Solar). This years winner was Matthew Dyers Flake, a touching and hilarious graphic novel about an ice-cream seller in a small seaside town. It has been a joy for me to get to know Bollinger and the Scottish born Madame Bollinger's house so well over two decades now.
Bollinger remains family owned, very much not part of a luxury conglomerate, with more than 2 kilometres of remarkable cellars holding many millions of bottles; sensibly given the Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria in 1884 which they have kept ever since. The Special Cuvée is kept in the cellars for more than twice the time required by the appellation before its release. This is Grande Marque champagne at its very finest.
How does the wine taste?
This wine is full-bodied with the classic Bollinger breadth and depth of flavour. The small bubbles give a fine and persistent quality to the mousse. The wine is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of grapes are from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards.
What do the critics say?
"Trademark Bollinger complexity with apples, brioche and grapefruit in a very subtly reductive style. The palate is super fine, even and elegant with a refreshing lemon, lime, light-berry and apple-brioche finish. Drink now."
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