In 1829, The Bollinger Champagne House – located in Champagne, France – began creating elegant, complex, and timeless champagnes that have contributed to its success to this day.
Bollinger champagnes are known for their rich, toasty flavors, and they are typically dry champagnes. Most of Bollinger’s champagnes use oak for their fermentation process to maximize spicy, round, or creamy textures. The result is a champagne that tastes mainly aged.
Where to Buy?
You can purchase a bottle of Bollinger champagne at stores across the United States, such as Total Wine & More or Spec’s Wines Spirits & Finer Foods. You can also find it online at premierchampagne.com or wine.com.
James Bond Champagne
Bollinger has different editions of its special champagnes, including champagne editions specifically celebrating the James Bond Films.
The James Bond character, or 007, is a secret agent who fancies the Bollinger-created champagne. This partnership began in 1973, and the Bollinger champagne has been featured in 14 films over four decades.
That said, Bollinger honors this connection by creating special editions of their champagne.
One example is the Bollinger R.D. 1988 James Bond SPECTRE Edition, which Bollinger released to celebrate the 24th Bond film, SPECTRE. Another release was the Special Cuvée 007, tied to the movie “No Time to Die.”
Bollinger Champagne Prices
The chart below includes information about the collection of champagne at Champagne Bollinger, with average pricing:
|Item||Style||Alcohol Content (ABV)||Size||Price|
|Bollinger B13 (2013 Vintage)||Sparkling – Dry, Complex, Traditional||12%||750ml||$135|
|Bollinger PN VZ16||Dry||12%||750ml||$119|
|Bollinger Special Cuvée||Brut – Sparkling – Dry, Complex, Traditional||12%||750ml||$69.99|
|Bollinger Special Cuvée ‘James Bond 007’ Limited Edition||Sparkling – Dry, Complex, Traditional||12%||750ml||$97|
|Bollinger Rosé||Sparkling – Berries and Cream||12%||750ml||$97|
|Bollinger La Grande Année 2012||Sparkling – Complex and Traditional||12%||750ml||$174|
|Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé 2012||Sparkling – Berries and Cream||12%||750ml||$218|
|Bollinger R.D. 2007||Extra Brut – Sparkling – Complex, Traditional||12%||750ml||$270|
|Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008||Sparkling – Complex, Traditional||12%||750ml||$3,098|
|Bollinger La Côte aux Enfants 2015||Red – Light and Perfumed||12%||750ml||$165|
|Bollinger Millésimé 2007||Sparkling – Complex, Traditional, Fruity yet Dry||12%||750ml||$135|
|Bollinger SPECTRE Limited Edition Millésimé 2009||Sparkling – Complex, Traditional, Fruity yet Dry||12%||750ml||$213|
|Bollinger 007 Limited Edition Millésimé 2011||Sparkling – Complex, Traditional, Fruity yet Dry||12%||750ml||$242|
Bollinger Champagne Buying Guide
Here are additional details regarding each of the bottles in Bollinger’s collection:
The Bollinger B13 is a 2013 Vintage champagne. It is 100% Pinot Noir and has a smoky, nutty, and saline flavor with an open and elegant taste. The B13 is best served between 8 and 10 degrees celsius.
This champagne goes well with seafood and shellfish. Given its rich, complex flavors and its great vintage status, the average price of this champagne is on the higher end at $135.
Pairings: Potato, Seafood, Shellfish , Pluses vegetables
The Bollinger PN VZ16 is also a 100% Pinot Noir composition and also has a toasty flavor. In addition to smokiness, you can find fruitiness in this champagne, with notes of almond, orange blossom, apple, and jasmine.
Finally, there is a creamy finish on the Bollinger PN VZ16 that people love. You can find this champagne for around $119 for a 750 ML bottle.
Pairings: Tomato tartlet, Risotto with lentils, Veal, Cheeses
The Bollinger Special Cuvée is blended with 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 15% Meunier.
It is a floral, citrus, and spicy essence, with notes of almond. This champagne is dry and is best served between 10 and 12 celsius. You can find this 750 ML champagne bottle for around $69.99.
Pairings: Fish, sushi, sashimi, Shellfish like lobster and shrimp, white meat like poultry, parmesan ham
Bollinger’s classic rosé is composed of 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay, and 14% Meunier. Only 5-6% red wine is added, and this champagne is excellent for an afternoon tea. Serve it between 10 and 12 degrees celsius to enhance the tannic, velvety, and berry flavors.
Pairings: Seafood like crayfish, lobster, salmon, Not-too-spicy Asian cuisine (e.g. Japanese), Fruit-based dessert like strawberry tart
The Bollinger La Grande Année 2012 is blended with 65% Pinot Noir, and 35% Chardonnay. This champagne has candied grapefruit peel, toasted almond, and crushed black currant flavors and notes, which pair well with vanilla scallops and grilled oysters. It is best served between 8 to 10 degrees celsius.
Pairings: Vanilla scallops, Grilled oysters, Hen of the woods mushrooms
The Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé has a similar composition to the regular La Grande, with some added red wine. There are additional notes of red currants, black fruits, and citrus. This flavor combination leaves consumers with a delicate, fresh taste and creamy feel. This bottle is best served between 8 to 10 degrees celsius.
Pairings: Savoury dishes, Duck breast filets, Venison, Exotic or oriental cuisine
The Bollinger R.D. 2007 is arguably one of the best of Bollinger’s collection. Most of the collection has been aged twice as long as the time required by the appellation. However, the R.D. 2007 has been aged four times longer.
Blended with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this bottle is best served at 8 degrees celsius. And given its aging process and beautifully contrasting flavors and notes that include fresh, spicy, and nutty with a clean finish, the average price of this 750 ML bottle is $270.
Pairings: Saffron spice, Saffron-infused vinaigrette, Fish filet with a saffron crust, Chicken with a saffron and ginger sauce
The Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008 is truly outstanding. Composed of 100% Pinot Noir Grand Cru (Blanc de Noirs), this champagne has golden under stones; nutty, toasty, and spicy flavors; and a chalky finish.
The rarity of this vintage champagne is reflected in the cost. You can find it online for $3,098.
Pairings: White caviar, Alba truffle
The Bollinger La Côte aux Enfants 2015 is a red wine similar to a few of the other champagnes in that it is composed of 100% Pinot Noir. It is a bottle of spicier champagne with notes of elderflower and flavors like blackberry, blueberry, licorice, and tannic.
Pairings: Veal in red wine sauce, Filet of beef with shallots and a red wine sauce, Chicken duck, and turkey
The Bollinger Millésimé 2007 is unique with its dry cocoa, hazelnut fudge, apricots, and red apple flavor combination. This bottle is complex and traditional champagne that can be purchased for $135 on average.
Pairings: Duck, Fish, Lamb, Parmesan, Shellfish
There is a very small production of the La Côte aux Enfants 2015. This champagne is harvested from a single plot of 4 hectares. It pairs well with veal in red wine sauce, filet of beef, and other meaty flavors. This is another quite rare bottle, and the average price of this champagne is $165 per 750 ML bottle.
Of course, the Bollinger brand’s collaboration with James Bond films has created multiple limited edition champagnes as well, including the Bollinger Special Cuvée ‘James Bond 007’ Limited Edition, the Bollinger SPECTRE Limited Edition Millésimé 2009, and Bollinger 007 Limited Edition Millésimé 2011.
For true Bond fans, there is a limited edition collector’s item available as well: the 1988 crystal cooler with a SPECTRE logo. There are only 307 pieces worldwide, but this crystal cooler can be purchased for $6,900.
Pairings: Duck, Fish, Lamb, Parmesan, Shellfish
The Best Way(s) to Drink Bollinger Champagne
Bollinger Champagne is best for unique events, gourmet experiences, and memorable moments with friends and family.
Depending on the specific champagne, you could drink Bollinger champagne for afternoon tea, pre-dinner, during dinner, alongside dessert, or as a nightcap.
It is also great to drink Bollinger champagne while celebrating a momentous occasion.
If you wish to enjoy Bollinger during mealtime, note that many champagnes go particularly well with seafood and shellfish. Additionally, the Bollinger R.D. 2007 goes well with saffron-infused dishes, the Millésimés go well with duck, and the Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008 goes well with white caviar.
In terms of temperature, most Bollinger champagnes should be served between 8 to 10 degrees celsius. Two exceptions are the Special Cuvée Brut and the Bollinger Rosé, which should both be served between 10 and 12 degrees celsius.
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