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December 24, 2009

Bollinger Special Cuvée, Champagne

Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée, Brut
(375 ml) 229 SEK
Light golden colour, baked apple and brioche nose. Dry, fresh (well, I guess most sparklings are...), high acidity, medium-full-bodied. Also on the palate: baked apple (like from grandma's tile-oven-baked) and some toast. The bubbles are small, fine and plentiful.
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
Drink now or within 2, 3 years.
The grapes come from ca 30 different Crus, 80% from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. The wine spends minimum 3 years on the lees (to be called champagne, 15 months are required) (3 yrs is the minimum for vintage champagnes).

Serve it as apéro or even to certain food, like fish and chicken dishes if you'd like. _I_ drink it as it is, no need for me to combine this with anything!
For me, the art of blending champagne is incredibly fascinating. From countless numbers of reserve wines (wines from previous vintages) plus from the recent vintage the blender creates these fine drinks, that are keeping the once defined style year after year. No problems with tastebuds and nose for these people...
Merry Christmas! God Jul! Frohe Weihnachten!

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