Bollinger

Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

9.21292 ratings
9.2238 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
Shay A
9.3

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend who is needing some samples/lab analysis done for comparative research. Hard way to spend a Monday...

Probably the most rich out of the lineup and always a favorite of mine. Definitely oxidative in style. Sweet toasted oak, marzipan, honeycomb & key lime pie. The mousse with Bolly is always one of my favorite traits...incredibly smooth with zero tart fruit. Thanks
@Dan Fitzgerald

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend who is needing some samples/lab analysis done for comparative research. Hard way to spend a Monday...

Probably the most rich out of the lineup and always a favorite of mine. Definitely oxidative in style. Sweet toasted oak, marzipan, honeycomb & key lime pie. The mousse with Bolly is always one of my favorite traits...incredibly smooth with zero tart fruit. Thanks
@Dan Fitzgerald

Feb 19th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Medium gold, light mousse, but developed and loaded with bruised golden apple, pineapple, pear, and toast. Bright acidity resurrected this seemingly tired wine. Made from reserve wines 5-15 years old.

Medium gold, light mousse, but developed and loaded with bruised golden apple, pineapple, pear, and toast. Bright acidity resurrected this seemingly tired wine. Made from reserve wines 5-15 years old.

Dec 1st, 2018
Allison Lyzenga

Clear medium gold, small bubbles with medium persistence; pronounced intensity aromas of toast, brioche, raw dough, rye bread, whey; dry, medium plus acid, subtle tannic grip on gums, creamy mousse, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors of yellow apple, lemon, lime, rye bread, toast, raw dough, whey, nuttiness, creamy; full body balanced with high acid and medium alcohol, long finish and intense autolytic flavors suggest malolactic fermentation and long ages on lees; outstanding

Clear medium gold, small bubbles with medium persistence; pronounced intensity aromas of toast, brioche, raw dough, rye bread, whey; dry, medium plus acid, subtle tannic grip on gums, creamy mousse, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors of yellow apple, lemon, lime, rye bread, toast, raw dough, whey, nuttiness, creamy; full body balanced with high acid and medium alcohol, long finish and intense autolytic flavors suggest malolactic fermentation and long ages on lees; outstanding

Sep 21st, 2018
Martin Bergo

Had this on magnum many times; this was one of the less satisfying times as the wine appeared — despite vivacious effervescence — somewhat lifeless and dull, but only on the palate; the color and nose were their normal great.

Had this on magnum many times; this was one of the less satisfying times as the wine appeared — despite vivacious effervescence — somewhat lifeless and dull, but only on the palate; the color and nose were their normal great.

Jul 29th, 2018
Ellen Clifford

70 percent Pinot noir! This would be damned delicious with some cheese and a dark bread. The fruit notes on it are slightly cooked, and the toasty taste is a perfect char.

70 percent Pinot noir! This would be damned delicious with some cheese and a dark bread. The fruit notes on it are slightly cooked, and the toasty taste is a perfect char.

May 9th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Special Cuvee can make any old night special. Delicious as always.

Special Cuvee can make any old night special. Delicious as always.

Aug 27th, 2017
Paul Kaan

Winemaker/Blogger FilthyGoodVino.com

9.2

It's Bollinger O'Clock!

It's Bollinger O'Clock!

5 people found it helpfulApr 25th, 2014
Thibaut Marquis

Region Manager East, CRU Selections Terlato Wines International

9.6

Champagne that can age. Bread, toast, citrus, nutmeg. Long finish

Champagne that can age. Bread, toast, citrus, nutmeg. Long finish

2 people found it helpfulJun 3rd, 2015
Trudy Thomas

Crisp and rich, driven by Pinot Noir aromas and flavors. Balanced and elegant with crisp apple finish!!

Crisp and rich, driven by Pinot Noir aromas and flavors. Balanced and elegant with crisp apple finish!!

1 person found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2016
Chris Walter

Wine Director Heritage Food and Wine

9.3

Old bottle showing nice bready character

Old bottle showing nice bready character

1 person found it helpfulAug 19th, 2015