A Winerist Guide to the Bollinger Range
Bollinger Special Cuvée
Bollinger Special Cuvée is poured both at Royal Ascot and all other Ascot hosted events throughout the year and is perfect shared with friends to mark the special occasion. It’s the house’s signature cuvée and delivers the best of everything that a good bottle should be. Fine, velvety bubbles tantalise your tastebuds and the palate is sumptuous and complex with notes of pear and just a hint of fresh walnut. Head down to either the Bollinger 1829 Bar to the east of the enclosure, or the Madame Bollinger Bar to the west, for some light refreshment.
Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé and Bollinger La Grande Année
Meanwhile, in the heart of the Royal Enclosure, there’s an opportunity to expand your Bollinger expertise at the Panoramic Restaurant. Two Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc returns with a tailored menu with selected Bollinger vintages recommended for each course. For your main, you might try the aromatic Bollinger La Grande Annee Rosé with its delicate coral colouring and delicate flavouring (pay attention to the notes of kirsch and cut grass); or, to accompany the cheese course, a glass of Bollinger La Grande Année. The 2007 is an exceptional vintage, with golden hues and the most refreshing of finishes, and really is the only way to end a meal.
If you’re experiencing some serious Ascot-and-Bollinger related jealousy right now, fear not! You can still experience the Royal treatment by heading down to Elystan Street, the Chelsea restaurant made famous by chef Phil Howard. Here, diners are offered an exclusive Bollinger paired menu designed to highlight the Roast Zander dish - created by Phil to honour the ultimate prestige cuvee, Bollinger R.D. 2004. This is a blend of the very best vintages that Bollinger has to offer and a taste sensation that’s well worth the wait – which is lucky, because this particular cuvée is aged for over four times longer than standard champagne. It really does have to be tasted to be believed, with a bold and brilliant palate that promises intense fruit and a long, harmonious and utterly delectable finish.