If you follow this blog you have figured out that of all the wines I love, I simply adore well made bubbles, enjoying various sparklers often. And, Champagne certainly knows how to make it well!
One of the best has to be Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee ($70). But, what makes it so “special.” Consider this, Bollinger blends predominantly Pinot Noir (about 60%) with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from mostly Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards to craft the sparkler, blending current years vintage fruit with fruit that has been aged in barrel and reserve wines held in magnum. This technique ensures the style of the Champagne is rich, unctuous, and luscious. Add in extended aging of the Cuvee on the yeasts in bottle, and you have a seriously special wine.
As the delicate bubbles lift from the glass they bring aromas of freshly baked brioche, zesty lemon, and toasted almond, followed by layers of red apple, marzipan, and vanilla custard, mixed with touches of dried peaches and apricot, a gift from the addition of the aged reserve wine.
Elegant and balanced, with creamy richness cut by vibrant acidity, making each harmonious sip better than the last. Just be careful…we enjoyed it so much the bottle vanished too quickly. #cheers