B-21 Top Recommendation
I always admired Madame Lily Bollinger of Reims, the most quotable queen of Champagne. She was right when she said, "I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory." Totally agree. Agent 007 does, too. Every Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig has insisted on Bollinger. Bolly is one of the most distinctive Champagnes; its house style warm, deep and rich, dominated by pinot and aged on lees to perfection. You can tell that in the first-tier Special Cuvee as well as the great vintages. The ultimate treat is trying their best, all in one setting. The pièce de résistance: the Grande Annee. My mind wanders a bit as my palate begins to salivate. Layers of minerality frame a wine of the most intense nuttiness where nuances of baked apple pie (including the finest crust) are evident. This is sublime liquid, perfected by bubbles. You only live twice.