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Bollinger is one of the few remaining independent family-owned Champagne houses. Since 1829, this moderately small house has worked tirelessly to acquire the finest vineyard sites (now totalling 163 ha), to guarantee the highest quality wine. the Champagne region of France lies approx 100 miles east of Paris. the chalky soil in this cool northerly climate creates a unique terroir for the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes. First fermentation takes place in Stainless Steel tanks. After blending, bottling and second fermentation the Special Cuvée will rest for a minimum of three years on its lees to allow the aromatic complexity to fully develop. "Bollinger Special Cuvee. Cool, delicate briochey nose. Nice, rich fruit with honeyed undertones, reserve wine richness and texture. Complex, classy." Antony Rose, Decanter, January 2008.