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    Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine - Champagne, France

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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator, 93 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine & Spirits, 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Champagne, France

    Varietal: Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine

    Other Info: Great Wine Gift

    Alcohol By Volume: 12%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 513

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A golden color, distinctive of black grape varieties. Very fine bubbles. On the nose, it has a beautiful aromatic complexity, ripe fruit and spicy aromas, with hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches. On the palate, there is a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. The bubbles are like velvet. Flavors of pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.

    Pair with all fish, especially sushi and sashimi, shellfish such as shrimp, prawns, crayfish and grilled lobster, poultry and white meat, cashews, parmesan or prosciutto.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Like a fine tapestry, this weaves rich flavors of blackberry tart, lemon parfait, graphite and toasted almond together on the creamy palate. Finely honed acidity creates a vibrant thread throughout. Drink now through 202

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator

    One of Bollinger's great assets is a massive stock of reserve wine, including 600,000 magnums held under cork. Gilles Descotes tends those reserves, working with the blending team to subsume the variations of the current vintage into Bollinger's Special Cuvee by using a majority of reserve wines in the blend. The result is a rich and harmonious Champagne with deep reserves of flavor. Its substantial, formal structure feel polished, its flavors balancing the cool earthiness of a limestone cave and the sunnier, bright floral notes of fresh cream. Built for food, whether emphasizing the freshness with lobster bisque, or the depth of beef Wellington and chanterelles.

    93 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    The NV Brut Special Cuvee is fabulous. Hints of pears, pastry crust and hazelnut lead to an expansive core of fruit. There is plenty of the signature Bollinger oxidative style in this rich, enveloping Champagne. Once again the Special Cuvee is one of the best Champagnes in its price range. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright yellow. A complex bouquet evokes poached pear, Meyer lemon, chalky minerals and toasty lees. Fleshy pear and honey flavors show very good depth, picking up refreshing citrus pith and mineral nuances with air. Rich but energetic, with strong finishing cut and lingering spiciness.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    60% Pinot Noir; 25% Chardonnay; 15% Pinot Meunier. All Bolly in its toasty, chalky, slightly angular but powerful way, this wine reminds of the company's "Grande Annee" in its fairly bold approach. Frothy and insistent in its bubbles and tasty, rich, toasty, stony and vanillin all at the same time, this is Champagne with a purpose, and, in this case, it works without being over the top in any dimension.

    91 Points
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    User Reviews:

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    Syaba (9/29/2010)
    This was an excellent bottle of wine, but I recall it being a bit rough on the finish. I would say 90 points and about right at this price.
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    wrandall2003 (1/3/2012)
    One of the better Champagnes out there (nothing comes close in its price range). The WS rating and description hit it right on the head..
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    MEB1229 (1/5/2012)
    One of the best Champagnes under $150.
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    Joe Tardi (9/25/2010)
    I have a fairly large selection of wines and go to tastings as often as I can. So, when I say this product is WONDERFUL, I mean it. Toasty with out being yeasty, smooth, and the finish is long, luxerious, and mature!
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    Alice Miller (6/28/2014)
    way too tart for my taste.. prefer something drier and smoother.
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    Muggs (6/9/2012)

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