Updated: Apr 24
We are delighted to announce this years wines that will be served at the four annual dinners.
Bollinger is this years Presidential House, with Taittinger as the Outgoing House and Charles Heidseick as the Incoming House.
La Grande Année Rosé 2014
La Grande Année Rosé is an alternative expression of La Grande Année, transformed by the addition, at blending, of the unique red wine from La Côte aux Enfants. The emblematic single plot of the House, located in Aÿ, produces still red wine only when the grapes reach perfect ripeness. After vinification in small aged oak barrels and a prolonged ageing on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année Rosé is riddled and disgorged by hand. This reflects all the expertise of the House, able to create a cuvée whose quality is matched only by its rarity.
Blend of the 2014 vintage: 63% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay. 19 crus : Mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay. 5% red Côte aux Enfants wine. Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermented entirely in aged oak barrels. At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage : the 2014 vintage gave rise to a wine that is simultaneously precise, refined and complex, in terms of both its minerality and exceptional length. Maturation: Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation. Dosage: Moderate, 8 grams per litre.
To the eye: Tinted with golden glints that reflect the wine’s maturity and Bollinger
To the nose: A precise and fruity nose with a slight scent of sea-air. Aromas of cherry and
lemon mingle with quince and bergamot. Then notes of hazelnut and almond, peach and
mirabelle plum complete this wine’s range of aromas.
On the palate: The initial sensation is a fine and intense effervescence, followed by a
wonderful vinosity, and then balanced with delicate acidity. Its very fine texture and sea-air
finish bring excellent length on the palate, accompanied by a delicate minerality and the
complex flavours of orchard fruit and citrus.
This wine unfurls gradually, revealing its full potential and intensity.
Bluefin tuna tataki with cherries and wild strawberries.
Blue lobster with raspberries and wild strawberries.
Roast duck breast with apple and quince compote
PN17 - Bollinger’s unique vision of Pinot Noir
PN TX17 is a wine to be enjoyed by enthusiasts interested in the expression of Pinot Noir from across the Champagne region. To fully appreciate its unique style and aromas, PN TX17 is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy this wine now or leave it in the cellar to develop further.
Pinot Noir is the pillar of the Champagne Bollinger style, and the House has forged its reputation by showcasing this variety. The PN cuvée aims to prolong the heritage and the legendary style Bollinger is renowned for.
Each year will see a new addition to the PN collection, exploring the House’s various terroirs in a different way.
Blend of the TX17 edition: 100% Pinot Noir (Blanc de Noirs)
Main origin: Tauxières (Other villages: Avenay, Verzenay)
Base wine: 2017 - Exclusive use of the cuvée
Maturation: Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation
Dosage: Very low, 4 grams per litre
To the eye: A colour with delicate golden hues.
To the nose: Notes of dried flowers, joined by aromas of tobacco and mocha. Liquorice
and dried fruit round off these sophisticated, subtle and complex aromas.
On the palate: A very fruity, lively facet with notes of cooked apricot, peach and exotic
fruit, followed by flavours of acacia honey, fresh walnut and spices. A wonderful salinity
complements the acidity of the wine. It finishes on red fruit, crème de cassis and surprising
notes of citrus zest. A lively, linear wine with great clarity and in contrast with the nose.
Tomme des Ardennes cheese millefeuille, tonka bean-infused chutney
Roast quail, dried apricots and honey-lemon sauce, Chaource cheese
Blanc de Blancs NV
Charles Heidsieck is one of the most admired Champagne houses thanks to the unrivalled and consistently high quality of its wines.
Founded in 1851 by the man who would become known as ‘Champagne Charlie’, this family-owned house is the smallest of
the Grandes Marques. Their size, and commitment to excellence, has been underpinned by a winemaking team that between them have been named 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the
International Wine Challenge 16 times.
Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs combines ten of the best Chardonnay crus from three Champagne sub regions, including the Côte des Blancs (Oger, Vertus), the Montagne de Reims (Villers-Marmery, Trépail, Vaudemange) and the very special cru of Montgueux in the northern part of the Aube, near Troyes. Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de
Blancs in its 1949 vintage, and produced a non-vintage Chardonnay during the 1960s. There is also evidence that the Maison produced some mono-crus from the Côte des Blancs as
early as 1906.
Fermentation of the base wines takes place primarily in stainless steel tanks with just a small fraction fermented in old oak barrels, adding to the texture of the finished wine. The wines were racked to separate the lees and then underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity and to enrich their texture. This 100% Chardonnay blend comprises 25% reserve wines with an average age of 6 years. All the reserve wines were aged in stainless steel vats on their fine lees. To achieve the depth and complexity required by the house style, the Blanc de Blancs ages for 36-48 months in Charles Heidsieck’s chalk cellars; much longer than the legal requirement of 15 months.
Grape Varieties 100% Chardonnay
Winemaker Cyril Brun
Closure Diam Mytik
Residual Sugar 10g/L
Notes Sustainable, Vegetarian, Vegan
Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs is a pale, crystalline gold colour. The nose is characterised by aromas of mature Chardonnay; white peach, candied citrus with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnuts giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon.
On the palate, the Blanc de Blancs bears all the hallmarks of a Charles Heidsieck Champagne: boldness, generosity and elegance. Embracing yet light, it displays appealing mineral, slightly salty, iodine notes, and has a silky, creamy texture – unexpected from a Chardonnay – that leaves a lasting impression.
Taittinger Nocturne Rosé is a “Sec” champagne composed of Chardonnay (30%) and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (70%) blended from around thirty different vineyards. A quantity of still red wine (15%) produced from the best Pinot Noirs from
The Eye: The colour is a bright, intense, flamboyant pink. Bubbles form a delicate cordon of fine foam.
The Nose: A full-bodied nose reveals
delicious aromas of patisserie.
The palate: the attack is clean and generous, while remaining very fresh. There are
noticeable but very silky tannins. Taittinger Nocturne Rosé is
a structured, voluptuous wine that presents an elegant, well integrated
balance of sugar, acid, and tannins.
Taittinger Nocturne Rosé is a champagne for the beginning and
the end of the evening. It can accompany a gourmet dessert
(even a chocolate one) or a chic snack. It will carry revellers
and champagne lovers to the end of the night.
Tickets for each dinner are released each year approx. three months before each event. Tickets are available from the Champagne Academy Website - click here to purchase tickets
For more information on this years dinners please contact the dinner organisers
Paul Walker London Dinner Paul.email@example.com
Craig Bonner Scotland Dinner Craig.firstname.lastname@example.org
David Garlick Northern Dinner David.email@example.com
Sonal Clare Midlands Dinner Sogzyuk@yahoo.co.uk
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org