A golden color, distinctive of black grape varieties. Very fine bubbles. On the nose, it has a beautiful aromatic complexity, ripe fruit and spicy aromas, with hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches. On the palate, there is a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. The bubbles are like velvet. Flavors of pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut.
Pair with all fish, especially sushi and sashimi, shellfish such as shrimp, prawns, crayfish and grilled lobster, poultry and white meat, cashews, parmesan or prosciutto.
94 points Wilfred Wong
There is always something extraordinary about the Bollinger Special Cuvée Champagne Brut. I have savored the wines throughout my 40 years in my professional wine career, and the wine has always performed well. It begins with a refined mousse and entices with aromas of bread dough, ripe apples, crème brûlée, as well as mineral accents. While it is full in its body and textures, its finish stays long, zesty, and memorable. Drinks well now, although today's bottle could use another half a dozen years in the cellar. (Tasted: September 26, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
93 points Wine Spectator
Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant fruit, graphite, toast and candied Meyer lemon zest are set in this racy Champagne, with a refined, finely detailed mousse. The mouthwatering finish is long and spicy.
93 points Burghound
There is lovely complexity to the distinctly yeasty nose that combines high-toned green apple, pear, white flowers and gentle citrus nuances. The clean and sleek flavors are supported by a crisply firm but fine mousse where the finish is medium dry and lingering. It's not all that often that I suggest that readers cellar NV Brut but this is an example that absolutely cries out for it. I suspect that the texture will materially change for the better (i.e. become creamier) and better depth will be in the offing as well. Put it this way: this is a perfectly good Champagne right now but with 4 to 7 years of bottle age it could be first-rate and I would suggest buying it only if you're going to cellar it for at least a few years first. Note further that my rating assumes that the wine will be cellared.
92 points James Suckling
Looking the part with a keenly struck trade-off between freshness and complexity, there's plenty of pinot-derived red fruit on the nose, as well as biscuity, mellow, sweet spices and fragrance. The palate takes a similar path, with some grilled cashews and citrus, too. Nicely crafted texture, with cherry and peach fruits.
92 points Wine Enthusiast
The classic Bollinger non-vintage is, as always, rich and firmly structured. With the roundness that comes from aging the wines in wood before blending, it has a ripe, smooth edge. Underneath, the texture is solid, with hints of apple and pear and mature acidity.
91 points Wine & Spirits
A blend of current vintage stock with reserve wines aged in magnums, Bollinger's Special Cuvee is consistently one of the top multi-vintage blends from Champagne. Made from selected base wines vinifed in old oak casks, it has a round, smoky intensity along with a formidable balance of power and richness. Flavors of red currents and savory, rooty notes contrast hints of flowers in a lasting finish.
90 points Vinous
Pale yellow. Toasty aromas of apple and pear nectar are complemented by hints of toffee, honey and orange zest. Full and expansive on the palate, offering ripe orchard and pit fruit flavors and an undercurrent of smoky minerals and buttered toast. Smooth and gently spicy on the clinging, nicely focused finish.