To celebrate the release of the 25th Bond film, Champagne Bollinger has produced a limited-edition champagne from the 2011 vintage.
This exceptional year inspired the Cellar Master to create a unique champagne made exclusively from the Pinot Noir of the village of Aÿ. This is the first time that Bollinger has created a cuvée solely from this historic cru, where the House has been based since its creation in 1829. The extraordinary harvest of 2011 led to the creation of 100% Pinot Noir which is complex, powerful and harmonious, celebrated in this wine of great character.
In the glass is golden color with glints of copper. On the nose, the wine opens with grilled and roasted aromas, followed by hints of honey, hard candy and yellow-fleshed fruits such as the Mirabelle plum. Rich notes of stewed fruits are expressed on the palate with a beautiful round texture, elevated by a finish of mineral notes evocative of flint. --Winemaker
The decision to use Pinot Noir for this 2011 vintage, exclusively from the home village of Aÿ with its mighty fruit is nothing short of brilliant. Perhaps wait about ten years until the wine has reached its peak and completely integrated its enormous fruit with the barrel notes, but the wine is already magnificent with its deep ripe aroma of Gravenstein apples, backed by fresh wooden notes. House typical and powerful.
Score: 95 points -- Decanter