For a surprise celebratory toast for my husband’s Law School graduation, I had intended on picking up a couple bottles of Moët & Chandon Imperial Nectar. As usual I was running errands very last minute, and the wine shop was absolutely cleaned out of all Moët & Chandon [no doubt due to the recent Great Gatsby hype]. I decided upon Bollinger ‘Special Cuvée’ Brut Champagne as my second choice. Bollinger was founded in 1829 by Joseph Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. In 2008 Jérôme Philipon took over as Chairman from Joseph Bollinger’s great-great-grandson, marking the first time in the company’s history that a non-family member is heading the firm. The ‘Special Cuvée’ was created in 1911, and is renowned as one of the finest non-vintage Champagnes.
Pale gold in colour, aromas of fresh pastry and lemon zest rose from the glass. Sweet baked apple and buttered toast flavours were joined by a snappy acidity in the fizzy body. Flinty minerals and traces of lemon comprised the crisp finish. Presenting a splendid balance of flavours, this is a harmonious and genteel glass fantastic with all merry occasions.
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
Prepared by Bollinger