‘Tis the season to sparkle and as I was given a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Champagne we gave it a go. It was a pale lemon colour with a smooth creamy mousse. It smelled lemony, with marmite meatiness and some nuts.
It’s off dry with good acidity. The bubbles feel soft and creamy in the mouth.
It tastes big, in as much as a wine can taste big, there’s marmitey Bovril with lemons and sweet almonds with just a touch of toffee and cooking apples.
There’s certainly a lot going on, and the 12% alcohol takes an express lift to the head.
Champagne prices are all over the place at the moment with big discounts at supermarkets, wholesalers and even local retailers. Watch out for deals or get yourself invited to Sandringham for Christmas, it’s what the Queen serves at home.