It has long been one of the most iconic partnerships in film history. Since the days of Roger Moore’s depiction of the suave Secret Agent, James Bond has been favouring the iconic Champagne Bollinger. ‘Live and Let Die’ saw the first appearance of the tipple as 007 shares a glass with Bond girl Rosie Carver.
What started as a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ in the ‘70s between film producer Arnold R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and Madame Bollinger’s nephews Claude d’Hautefeuille and Christian Bizot. Broccoli was adamant that Bollinger was the only wine to share the essence of the Bond franchise. With each year the partnership has grown and flourished while remaining true to the Bollinger spirit.
Celebration of 50 years of partnership and the release of Skyfall in 2012 saw Maison Bollinger release a specially crafted box in the shape of none other than a Walther PPK silencer. It featured a combination lock of sorts which when opened revealed a bottle of Bollinger La Grande Année 2002. A most exquisite vintage I think you’ll agree.
Now with the impending release of Daniel Craig’s Spectre the French brand has released a 2009 Spectre limited edition cuvée Champagne of refined complexity with a dark fruit finish. A tin box designed by Carré Basset to emulate Bond’s slick tuxedo chills the wine in true 007 style.
The Bollinger 2009 vintage Champagne Spectre limited edition has been created using grapes taken from the ‘cuvée’ (first pressing) to ensure the highest quality juice. The wine is aged for six years in small old oak barrels to prevent wood flavours or wood tannins dissolving into it thus creating a deep golden hue. The Grand Crus Champagne is then fermented a second time to preserve it’s freshness and to protect against oxidation. This exquisite blend is composed of 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay.
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