SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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A blood-red and gold "centenary" case, in pure modern lines.

This is the very least Bollinger could do to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of its emblematic Special Cuvée champagne. And for the anniversary, collectors can also discover a collectors' case, produced as a limited series: three bottles of Special Cuvée, adorned with the respective labels and foils (coiffes) bearing three crucial dates in its century of existence. Three legendary years: 1911, 1961 and 2011…

1911, the year that saw the creation of a wine that forged and continues to forge Bollinger's reputation for the highest standards. 1961, the year when Madame Bollinger described so subtly and facetiously the pleasure of tasting champagne. Fifty years on, her quip to the Daily Mail is still universally quoted. And 2011, which marked the centenary of a wine that has succeeded in traversing a century with enormous panache…