For our third weekly Christmas promotion, we have special offers on Bollinger and Louis Roederer champagnes, including three stunning new releases this year: Bollinger R.D. 2004, Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2012 and Louis Roederer Rosé 2012. Toast the end of the year in style with up to 27% off this fantastic range of prestige champagnes!
Champagne Bollinger have been creating prestigious champagnes with character, distinguished by their elegance and complexity, since 1829. The story began when the son of a noble family, Athanase de Villermont, inherited an extensive estate in the village of Aÿ in Champagne. Foreseeing the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, he founded the firm Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie upon meeting Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German and Paul Renaudin, a local man fascinated by the world of wine. Nearly two hundred years later, Bollinger are one of the biggest names in the region and are famously the preferred brand of fictional British Secret Service agent, James Bond.
The house owns an impressive 164 hectares of vineyards, of which 85% are Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines. Their land is spread over seven main vineyards: Aÿ, Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay planted with Pinot Noir; Cuis with Chardonnay; and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Bollinger are one of the few houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the house’s vineyards and defines the house style: complex and powerful with remarkable structure.
|Bollinger Special Cuvée NV
60% PN, 25% CH, 15% PM | Reserve Wine: 10% | Lees Ageing: 3 Years | Dosage: 7 g/l
“Lots of evolution on the nose. Lively and complete. Ready now. Fresh and well balanced. Complete.” – Jancis Robinson MW 17/20
|Bollinger La Grande Année 2007
70% PN, 30% CH | Lees Ageing: 8 Years | Disgorged: June 2016 | Dosage: 7 g/l | Post-Disgorgement Ageing: 2 Years
“Mid gold. Lots of acidity. Masses of energy and a bit more honey than some Bollingers. Apples and honey on the palate. Very fresh and even a lightly yeasty note on the palate. More refreshing than the Bolly stereotype. Maybe not that long but hugely flirtatious within the Bollinger idiom. This will definitely be an RD, I was told. Subtly mineral. Muscular.” – Jancis Robinson MW 17.5/20
|Bollinger R.D. 2004
66% PN, 34% CH | Lees Ageing: 12 Years | Disgorged: June 2017 | Dosage: 3 g/l | Post-Disgorgement Ageing: 1 Year
“Mid gold colour. Smoky hints on the nose. Creamy texture, salty. Ripe, slightly honeyed aromas. Brioche and baked apple. Moderate intensity on the palate, but there is good persistence and a touch of savoury salinity on the finish. Lovely honeysuckle and cream on the length. Still a long way to go, but superbly open already. Seems softer in acidity than the 2002. ” – Richard Hemming MW 18+/20
As the largest independent family-managed Champagne producer, Louis Roederer rank amongst the region’s absolute finest. Established in 1776, the house is currently managed by seventh generation family member Frédéric Rouzaud alongside long-time Chef de Cave and Champagne legend Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon. Today, Louis Roederer own an astounding 240 hectares of vineyards in the very best locations that cover two-thirds of their grape requirements and are pioneers in biodynamic farming, having converted a total of 78-hectares to accommodate production using biodynamic methods.
Top quality grapes are the cornerstone of Roederer’s style and account for their characteristic purity and elegance. Their portfolio begins with Brut Premier, one of Champagne’s most seductive non-vintage cuvées and ends with Cristal, perhaps the world’s most recognised prestige cuvée champagne. Created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia, the iconic Cristal is the essence of Roederer, matched only in decadence and luxury by its pink equivalent, Cristal Rosé. By 2020, the House estimates that all Cristal plots will be cultivated biodynamically and the long-term plan is to convert all 240 hectares.
|Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
40% PN, 40% CH, 20% PM | Base Vintage: 2013 | Reserve Wine: 30% | Lees Ageing: 3 Years | Disgorged: Spring 2017 | Dosage: 10 g/l | Post-Disgorgement Ageing: 1 Year
“Flirtatious and lively. Mouth-filling and satisfying. Dancing and lively. A very superior NV champagne.” – Jancis Robinson MW 17/20
|Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2012
70% PN, 30% CH | Lees Ageing: 4 Years | Dosage: 9 g/l
“Layered complexity of subdued toastiness over bright, fragrant fruitness. Light-weight yet intense, ripe fruity profile. Beautifully racy acidity on the linear, driven palate. Focused, creamy and long.” – Essi Avellan MW 95/100
|Louis Roederer Rosé 2012
63% PN, 27% CH | Lees Ageing: 4 Years | Dosage: 9 g/l
“Pale peach-toned colour. Elegant, delicate style, lots of racy peachy fruitiness. Crisp and super young, and holds back a lot still. Linear and focused with plenty of interesting tension and dynamism.” – Essi Avellan MW 95/100