Earlier this year the prestigious "Le Revue de Vin de France" magazine based in Paris, rated the Top 50 Champagne houses "that best shape the region" (of Champagne) ... Bollinger was number 1. Colour is full straw. Bouquet is unequivocally in the complex, developed, oak-influenced, pinot noir dominant, rich Bollinger style, with almost a hint of rose florals. Gloriously complex, Wholegrain yeast autolysis on peachy and maybe some dried peaches fruit, plus a hint of marmite. Flavour is richly mouth-filling, a very big champagne indeed, the mushroom component more brown mushrooms than white, with an intriguing cashew-nutty and savoury finish to the autolysis flavours. A polar opposite to the Taittinger style, and more brut maybe, but the wine is so rich. It cellars well.
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