To the eyeA golden colour, distinctive of black grape varietiesVery fine bubblesTo the noseA beautiful aromatic complexityRipe fruit and spicy aromasHints of roasted apples, apple compote and peachesTo the palateA subtle combination of structure, length and vivacityBubbles like velvetPear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut
Any fish, especially sushi and sashimiSeafood: shrimp, prawn, crayfish, grilled lobsterPoultry and white meatCashews, Parmesan, prosciutto, especially Pata Negra
The blend rests essentially upon the Pinot Noir of grands crus and premiers crus The blends of Special Cuvée are on average composed of:60% Pinot Noir 25% Chardonnay 15% Pinot Meunier 5 to 10% of reserve wines are incorporated into the blend. These reserve wines are kept by cru; by grape variety; by vintage, in magnums corked with real cork. This method is unique in Champagne and it enables Bollinger to keep its reserve wines for a long period without losing either their freshness or character. The veritable "library" of wines gives the House of Bollinger a vast and extremely precise palette to use for blending : the cru, grape variety, or year required can be selected to add the necessary touch to the blend for the Special Cuvée.