95pts James Suckling
For an 8-year-old champagne this is extremely vibrant, the red-fruit character from the pinot noir grape rather in the background. Quite a strict style with discreet lees creaminess. However the ripeness and power means that it isn’t austere. Feels bone-dry at the powerful, chalky finish. 100% pinot noir, 100% barrel-fermented and 100% matured under cork. Disgorged in March 2021. Drink or hold.
93pts Wine Spectator
A graceful Champagne, with a subtle, pleasing tension to the invigorating aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, baked pineapple, verbena, toast and crystallized honey as they ride the silky mousse. Ends with a mouthwatering, mineral- and spice-laced finish. Drink now through 2031. 350 cases imported.
93pts Wine & Spirits
This pinot noir Champagne is almost entirely grown in grand-cru villages, its nearly raw limestone power putting the savor of the earth on dis- play. There’s berry fruit at the center of the wine, surrounded by jasmine notes and brisk, pithy acidity. The clean finish makes it lovely to drink now, while the structure bodes well for aging.
This limited edition Blanc de Noirs from the 2013 vintage is characterized by its freshness and precision, and is composed of 100% Pinot Noir, predominantly from Bollinger’s ancestral home of Äy. After a vintage of challenging weather conditions in Champagne, B13 rises to the occasion; a beacon of Bollinger’s oenological finesse and innovative environmental practices. B13 has an utterly distinctive profile, expressing candied lemon, citrus peel and orchard fruit on the nose, with subtle aromas of tarte tatin and crushed almond. Tension and minerality define the palate with Bollinger’s signature freshness and precision, and lingering salinity on the finish.