The denomination Special Cuvee was created in 1911, it was an idea by the London House of Mentzendorff, shippers of fine wines and spirits who thought it was a bit of a misunderstanding to call this great wine “non-vintage” So the title “Special Cuvee” was bestowed on it. Being 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and the rest Meunier, mostly from one vintage but backed up from the previous year and stocks of matured wine, this blend incorporates subtle variations each year whilst remaining as true as possible to a house style. The harvest comes from thirty different “Premium Cru” villages who work as a co-operative so it is possibly the hardest Bollinger to make. But it does contain the full expression of the Bollinger experience and they naturally feel it should be judged as a consistent benchmark wine. This flagship product in its bright red box It has a cool very delicate nose, complex and very classy, with rich fruit and honey tones. Aromas of pastry, fresh baked bread and cookies together with lemon peel and berries, all very satiny and powerful. It pairs very well with Appetizers, poultry, blue and white fish, shellfish and soft cheeses. Remember that when opening don’t fully remove the wire cage, it acts as a security against the pressure and always twist the bottle away from the cork not the cork away from the bottle, Cheers!