Bollinger Brut Champagne Special Cuvee NV
Winery: "The colour is a pale gold, offering rich and toasty, complex aromas of green apples and pears. The Bollinger style is very round and mature with a luxurious finish."
Wired For Wine: Only 18 more days to New Year's Eve, winelovers! You're going to need some French champagne... No lively get-together should be without it, so we've chosen this stunning Bollinger Brut Champagne Special Cuvée NV. Our holiday musings have got us on a fancy bent, so we say pop open your first delicious bottle and serve it up with caviar, blinis and all the trimmings. Be careful; they may stampede... As for the entree, your choices are many. The fantastic acidity of this French bubbly makes it a perfect partner for creamy or buttery dishes, and fried foods too. Just about anything that swims or lives in water will work too. And don't forget eggs and egg dishes. This Bollinger has intoxicatingly fabulous nuances of toast and smoke, as well as notes of honeydew, apple and pear, and a more savory side hinting at fennel seed and marzipan. Our first choice? Marinated lobster with champagne beurre blanc. Light-as-air shrimp, asparagus and scallion tempura will be divine with this Special Cuvée's crisp acidity. Poached oysters and artichokes with champagne cream is another wonderful option. Open another bottle and dive into a buttery, caramelized Tarte Tatin (apple tart) and everyone will go home happy. If you're lucky enough to have a bottle left, you might consider eggs benedict in the morning... Sweet dreams!
Wine Spectator: Rated as Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style. "A rich, smoky Champagne, with hints of marzipan and fennel seed accenting honeyed malt, bread dough, baked apple and gingersnap flavors. It's all focused by intense acidity, which meshes beautifully into the layers of flavor and refined texture, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2021." Dec 2010
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
Ageing: "Once the wine is bottled, the carbonic fermentation and cellar aging are conducted with a metal crown cap for a minimum of 3 years."
Region: Champagne, France
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