Haute Living spoke with 6th Generation Champagne Bollinger family member Cyril Delarue on Thursday, November 12th as part of a dedicated webinar and virtual tasting. The one hour experience provided viewers with an in-depth history of Bollinger, the background on the 40+ year relationship with the 007 franchise and the new James Bond Limited edition available to purchase for the holidays.
Host Laura Schreffler and Cyril tasted Special Cuvée, Rosé NV and PN VZ15, discussing the winemaking details and taste profiles of each, along with pairing suggestions.
The webinar ended with a Q&A from viewers, where Cyril answered several questions about his family, her personal experience in the industry and his favorite Bollinger expressions. Watch the full webinar and learn more HEREHaute-Living_11.13.20-2
Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée NV
From vineyard to bottling, Special Cuvée sees such an extraordinary level of care and attention, it is difficult to place within the non-vintage or, really, any Champagne category. It is a Champagne that stands apart. Within one bottle, all the complexity of flavour, texture and pleasure that Champagne can offer. Special Cuvée is truly a journey of devotion from Bollinger.
Champagne Bollinger Rosé NV
In the same way that Special Cuvée stands apart from non-vintage Champagnes, Bollinger Rosé is an exception for Rosé Champagnes. What is more, it is a relative secret, as Bollinger did not release a non-vintage Rosé until 2008 and the quantity produced is quite limited. The wine begins as Special Cuvée and then Bollinger’s specialty as the Pinot Noir producer in Champagne takes center stage, as the red fruits that join the conversation dance vibrantly, the finish has just a hint of perfectly repeat tannin, and the deep complexity of the wine shines through transparently.
Champagne Bollinger PN VZ15
PN, made entirely from Pinot Noir to underscore the very essence and DNA of the House style, is the first new cuvée added to Bollinger’s permanent range since rosé in 2008. Each release of PN, developed as a series to bring Bollinger’s unique vision of Pinot Noir to light, will showcase a different cru from the base year that highlights its distinctive terroir and taste. The first edition of the series, PN VZ15, explores the interpretation of Pinot Noir from Verzenay 2015 and features reserve wines dating back to 2009.
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.