Bollinger

Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

9.21603 ratings
9.2300 pro ratings
Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cake & Cream, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Salads & Greens, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Nuts & Seeds, Fruit & Berries, Beans & Peas, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Pungent Cheese, Shellfish, Oyster
Top Notes For
Gabriele Rotti

The right way saying goodbye to a friend ❤

The right way saying goodbye to a friend ❤

Jul 6th, 2021
John Willison

Light citrus, toast, clean acidity.

Light citrus, toast, clean acidity.

Jun 25th, 2021
Gabriele Rotti

Always great

Always great

Feb 21st, 2021
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Congratulations to TB12 on going to his 14th Conference Championship.

The nose shows; more macerated green & golden apple, pineapple than usual. Touch of apple cider, bruised pear, some dried apricots, nougat, melted, salted caramel, alluvial limestone minerals, chalk, sea spray, roasted white spice, dry yeast, rising bread dough, baguette crust, ginger ale with withering lilies and some spring flowers.

The palate has softer mousse & less lively acidity than previous bottles. Still nice but, it’s giving cause to wonder when this bottle was disgorged. Macerated green & golden apple, yellow peach, pineapple juice. Touch of apple cider, bruised pear, some dried apricots, nougat, melted, salted caramel, alluvial limestone minerals, grey volcanics, gritty chalkiness, sea fossils, saline, roasted white spice, nuts, dry yeast, rising bread dough, baguette crust, ginger ale that has the high notes of root beer, vanillin with withering lilies and some spring flowers. The acidity is ok but, seems off a bit. Change in base wine for this bottling? The finish still rich, elegant, well balanced persisting minutes.

Bottle is off slightly from the many others we’ve enjoyed.

Photos of; the House of Bollinger, branded cave with resting bottles, their Cooper making barrels and one of their Grand Cru vineyards.

1/17/21

Congratulations to TB12 on going to his 14th Conference Championship.

The nose shows; more macerated green & golden apple, pineapple than usual. Touch of apple cider, bruised pear, some dried apricots, nougat, melted, salted caramel, alluvial limestone minerals, chalk, sea spray, roasted white spice, dry yeast, rising bread dough, baguette crust, ginger ale with withering lilies and some spring flowers.

The palate has softer mousse & less lively acidity than previous bottles. Still nice but, it’s giving cause to wonder when this bottle was disgorged. Macerated green & golden apple, yellow peach, pineapple juice. Touch of apple cider, bruised pear, some dried apricots, nougat, melted, salted caramel, alluvial limestone minerals, grey volcanics, gritty chalkiness, sea fossils, saline, roasted white spice, nuts, dry yeast, rising bread dough, baguette crust, ginger ale that has the high notes of root beer, vanillin with withering lilies and some spring flowers. The acidity is ok but, seems off a bit. Change in base wine for this bottling? The finish still rich, elegant, well balanced persisting minutes.

Bottle is off slightly from the many others we’ve enjoyed.

Photos of; the House of Bollinger, branded cave with resting bottles, their Cooper making barrels and one of their Grand Cru vineyards.

1/17/21

Jan 18th, 2021
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Kicking off our Christmas Eve celebration with Bollinger Special Cuvée. A good start.

🎄🎅🎁❄️🌟⛄️

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Kicking off our Christmas Eve celebration with Bollinger Special Cuvée. A good start.

🎄🎅🎁❄️🌟⛄️

Dec 25th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Advertisement. This photo was taken on the new iPhone 12 Max Pro. 😜

Costco finally got this back in. Its been awhile. I like it better at $49 than $59. Either price it’s a beautiful N/V cuvée.

Prior notes will stand.

Advertisement. This photo was taken on the new iPhone 12 Max Pro. 😜

Costco finally got this back in. Its been awhile. I like it better at $49 than $59. Either price it’s a beautiful N/V cuvée.

Prior notes will stand.

Nov 14th, 2020
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.4

Because no reason at all and we need to drink more Champagne. Bolly “special cuvée” offers a pretty great value in non-vintage from big name producers. It has that rich brioche and sea foam salinity that I love and often have to pay way more $$ for to get in Champagne. Super delicious and a great way to start a meal.

Because no reason at all and we need to drink more Champagne. Bolly “special cuvée” offers a pretty great value in non-vintage from big name producers. It has that rich brioche and sea foam salinity that I love and often have to pay way more $$ for to get in Champagne. Super delicious and a great way to start a meal.

Oct 26th, 2020
Lee Pitofsky

A treat from Saison Group Wine Dir. Mark Bright. 1980’s release. Delicious, still fresh and with some bubbles present. A perfectly evolved aged champagne. Pristine condition as the bottles never left the Bollinger cellars until last week.

A treat from Saison Group Wine Dir. Mark Bright. 1980’s release. Delicious, still fresh and with some bubbles present. A perfectly evolved aged champagne. Pristine condition as the bottles never left the Bollinger cellars until last week.

Aug 6th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Our friends deck coming along nicely. The kitchen bar & lighting is in.

Tastes really good tonight. Showing more of the right kind of oxidative notes I enjoy.

Golden & green apple, braised pear, overripe pineapple, lemon, lime juice, nougat, some apple cider, vanillin, yeast, bread dough & crust, sea fossils, grey volcanics, limestone, white spice, gentle, powdery chalkiness, micro oxygenation, excellent with spring flowers, yellow flowers & withering white lilies. Excellent acidity. The finish is rush, smartly balanced, elegant and persistent.

Our friends deck coming along nicely. The kitchen bar & lighting is in.

Tastes really good tonight. Showing more of the right kind of oxidative notes I enjoy.

Golden & green apple, braised pear, overripe pineapple, lemon, lime juice, nougat, some apple cider, vanillin, yeast, bread dough & crust, sea fossils, grey volcanics, limestone, white spice, gentle, powdery chalkiness, micro oxygenation, excellent with spring flowers, yellow flowers & withering white lilies. Excellent acidity. The finish is rush, smartly balanced, elegant and persistent.

Aug 2nd, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Good way to kick-off the 4th on our friends new deck in progress.

The Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée is my idea of perfect balance between reductive & oxidative. Always rock solid! Great pair with white cheeses.

Previous notes will stand.

Happy 4th of July all! 🍾 🥂 🇺🇸 🧨

Good way to kick-off the 4th on our friends new deck in progress.

The Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée is my idea of perfect balance between reductive & oxidative. Always rock solid! Great pair with white cheeses.

Previous notes will stand.

Happy 4th of July all! 🍾 🥂 🇺🇸 🧨

Jul 5th, 2020