• Champagne Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut, base 1992

    In my recent tasting of 1992 champagnes, I included a Bollinger R.D. from that year, sourced from the house's cellars. I had invited several friends to join me for the tasting, and coincidentally, one of them brought along a bottle of Bollinger Spécial Cuvée, based on the 1992 harvest.

    We typically think of non-vintage champagnes as being wines for the short-term: the champagne houses themselves are perfectly willing to market these wines as being ready to drink upon release, and few consumers deliberately age non-vintage cuvées. Yet why not? All non-vintage champagnes improve with at least a year or two of post-disgorgement age, and most hav
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