Bollinger B13 2013 Blanc De Noirs is 100% Pinot Noir (Blanc de Noirs) blended from just five crus of which 92% Grand Crus and 8% Premier Crus. It has maturation in cellar for over 7 years on lees with low Dosage of 6 grams per litre.
It has a rich colour with golden undertones. Full & complex bouquet opening with notes of ripe fruits, fruit jellies and almond paste leading to aromas of mirabelle plum and vine peach.
Generous and elegant fruit with flavours of pear, fresh almonds and tarte tatin are marked by the chiselled, mineral expression of Pinot Noir bringing citrus and candied lemon notes. Velvety persistence with a saline hint on the finish.
In 2013, the Champagne region facedunique weather conditions: a long winter punctuated by snow and frost, a wet and hesitant spring, then a very hot summer with violent thunderstorms.
Despite these turbulent circumstances, Champagne Bollinger shaped the wine from this particularly late harvest into a vintage, and by doing so, also made alimited edition: B13, which stands for Bollinger 2013. It’s thanks to theethical farming practicesthat Bollinger employs in the vineyard – minimal agricultural inputs, controlled yields, precise management of the grape’s maturity throughout the course of harvesting – that the Champagne House constantly benefits from undeniablyhigh-quality grapes, no matter how difficult certain years can be. Today, B13 is a new example of this. Thisvintage Blanc de Noirs champagne embodies the excellence of the Bollinger vineyards on the Montagne de Reims, and is a tribute toBollinger’s oenological and environmental values.
Characterised by freshness, the 2013 vintage has a unique profile, expressed by bothfruity aromas– unconventional notes of citrus and yellow fruits –and gourmet ones– with flavours of tarte tatin and fresh almond. Tension and minerality characterise this edition. A glistening, precise wine.
In 2012, the Bollinger vineyard was the first one owned by Champagne House to receive the Haute Valeur Environnementale (High Environmental Value) certification. In 2014, the Bollinger vineyard was then also the first to obtain the Viticulture Durable en Champagne (Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne) certification. Today, Champagne Bollinger once again demonstrates its environmental beliefs witha 100% recyclable box made of mostly recycled materials.
This case also illustrates the different aspects of the B13 cuvée:
The purity of the white is representative of the snow and frost which were so characteristic of the year 2013.
The precision of the lines evokes the rows of vines and reflects the wine’s exact profile.
The interplay of textures is representative of the way the elegance of the fruity notes and the gourmet flavours of this vintage complement each other.
The contrast of black and white highlights the remarkable presence of citrus notes in this Blanc de Noirs.
In equal measure, this eco-designed case highlights both the uniqueness of the vintage and Bollinger’s vision.
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