James Bond, played by Roger Moore, orders Bollinger Champagne in his San Moniquan Hotel room, in 1973's "Live and Let Die", started it all. In 1979's "Moonracker", Champagne became "The Champagne of 007" officially.
As a Champagne preferred by James Bond, there must be something special about Bollinger. Champagne is produced with three designated grapes from the region, namely Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Bollinger is distinctively made in a Pinot-dominant style, while 80% of the grapes are sourced from Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages in Champagne region. This brings the Champagne a beautiful aromatic complexity, structure and ripe fruit flavour. Apart from frequent exposures in numerous Bond movies, Bollinger is the official supplier of Champagne to the British Court, since Queen Victoria granted the Champagne house its Royal Warrant in 1884.
When most Champagne houses keep modernizing the winemaking process, Bollinger refuses to be conventional. It sticks to its traditional and the longer cask fermentation with the use of 110-year-old barrels.
As announced by Daniel Craig, "007: No Time To Die" will be his final outing as James Bond, it became one of the most anticipated movies this year. To pay tribute, Bollinger launched Special Cuvée James Bond Special Edition. This Bollinger Special Cuvée is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, part of the reserve wines have been aged in magnums up to 15 years, which made it powerful yet balanced.
In the glass, this VZ15 edition opens with aromas of cherry stone, jam-infused fruit and dried fig. The rich, complex nose then develops towards toasted, baked notes as well as aromas of elderflower and pear. On the palate, flavours of peach and apricot are enhanced with hazelnut and acacia blossom notes.