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Special Cuvée

Champagne

Special Cuvée is a pure expression of Bollinger’s distinctive house style, and truly a non-vintage Champagne that stands apart. As with all Bollinger Champagnes, it is based on Pinot Noir (60%), with 25% Chardonnay and 15% of Pinot Meunier. The complex and full-bodied palate is perfectly balanced with fresh acidity and a texture that only time can lend, creating a harmony of richness and elegance.

85% of the grapes for Special Cuvée are sourced from a combination Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages. Bollinger’s vineyards are the source for over 60% of their production, and they have been the first Champagne House to achieve the certification of “Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne”, the new set of standards established by the Champagne governing body to encourage stronger viticulture practices, as well as “High Environmental Value” accreditation in 2012.

30% of Special Cuvée is vinified in used oak barrels of 228 liter barrels, with some 400 liter casks up to 40 years old. This commitment to traditional vinification is at the heart of Bollinger, and they are the only remaining Champagne producer with a cooper on staff. The wine is then matured for 30-36 months on the lees, with the final blend consisting of 40-50% reserve wines, and 5-10% of the total blend consisting of reserve wines 5-15 years in age kept in magnums under cork. This totally unique, laborious process (each magnum is disgorged by hand to be blended) results in wines with a vast spectrum of aromas and flavors, and an inimitable texture. Dosage is approximately 8-9 grams per liter.

   
Special Cuvée bottle