Bollinger’s Rosé has been repackaged in the new 1846-inspired bottle that was first launched last year.
The label and foil have been given a different shade of pink and the box has been given a metallic sheen for “greater shelf stand-out”.

A QR code has also been added on the back label that will give consumers greater access to information on the Champagne, how it is made and what to pair it with, as well as increase its traceability.

The bottle shape was inspired by a collection of old bottles unearthed in Bollinger’s cellar dating back from 1846. A revolution indeed, with four formats, from half-bottle to jeroboam, displaying this fabulous innovation. There is undoubtedly a strong heritage element, but above all this new bottle format helps to optimize the quality of Bollinger’s cuvées. Close to the perfect balance of a “small magnum”, with a more slender neck and a wider base, the 1846 bottle “slows down the exchange of oxygen slightly, and thereby offers superior wine quality,” according to Cellar Master Mathieu Kauffmann. The Special Cuvée bottles are the first to adopt the elegant curves of the 1846 bottle, and this very special format will then be gradually applied to the entire range: one by one Bollinger Rosé, La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rosé, Bollinger R.D. and, lastly, Vieilles Vignes Françaises will each take on the new format.

Alongside the aesthetic, modern science has allowed Bollinger to design a bottle that acts as a “small magnum”, with the slimmer neck meaning the wine ages at a slower rate thanks to a decrease in the oxygen exchange through the cork.

L’appart Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit: Bond & Bollinger Champagne Dinner on Monday November 5th

Are you in Bangkok on November 5th at approximately 7 PM? If so attend L’appart’s Bollinger Champagne Dinner! This fabulous champagne dinner celebrates 50 years of James Bond.

Having a Parisian Haussmann-style design L’appart features a luxurious lounge, a library, a state-of-the-art open kitchen serving exquisite dishes and an outdoor terrace capturing panoramic views of Bangkok’s vibrant skyline.

Liz Palmer

Champagne Bollinger & James Bond


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 007’s appearance on screen and the Bollinger / James Bond partnership, Champagne Bollinger is launching a limited edition of Bollinger La Grande Année 2002. The sleek black and silver bottle will be presented in a special box designed in the shape of a Walther PPK Silencer.

La Grande Année 2002 alone is certainly worth collecting; according to Bollinger Cellar Master Mathieu Kauffman, “it is the most exceptional vintage in the last decade.”

From 1st to 21st October 2012, web users are invited to test their knowledge about the Bollinger/Bond association through a competition on For the whole duration of the competition, Bollinger will celebrate 50 years of 007 in its web magazine

Bollinger launches Champagne bottle that ‘slows ageing process’

Bollinger used the London International Wine Fair last week to unveil a unique 75cl bottle that mimics the shape of a magnum.

The new packaging was inspired by a 1846 bottle of Bollinger found in the company’s cellars.

Speaking at the launch, Bollinger CEO Jérôme Philippon advised that the switch was motivated by a desire “to develop a unique and authentic bottle for Bollinger”. “My objective is to further the differentiation of Bollinger: our taste is different and our bottle shape should be different, and unique to us,” Jérôme added.

He also explained that the new shape had a “side benefit”.

This is connected to the bottle’s slightly broader base and narrower neck, which ensures there is a reduced oxygen contact with the Champagne compared to a standard bottle.

This change should mean that oxidation of the Champagne in the bottle will take place at a slightly slower rate, which, Jérôme believes, will be somewhere between the rate for a standard bottle and a magnum.

According to Mathieu Kauffmann, Bollinger’s chef de cave, the bottle will ultimately deliver a better wine, and “In addition to the aesthetic reasons, using the shape of this new bottle, which is more like a magnum with a narrower neck and a wider base, should very slightly slow down the oxygen exchange and therefore give a better quality wine,” he said.

The new bottle’s appearance makes it look like a scaled down magnum, and Jérôme pointed out that the ratio of the new bottle’s diameter at the neck to the diameter at the base is closer to a magnum than it is to a standard bottle.


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New 75cl




The Capital Restaurant London Celebrates its 40th Birthday

The Capital Restaurant, which this year celebrates its 40th birthday, will be hosting a very special evening on Thursday, September 29th in conjunction with Champagne Bollinger. Like Bollinger, The Capital has enjoyed a long and proud heritage of family-run, independent ownership.

The evening will feature a five-course dinner, prepared by head chef Jérôme Ponchelle, with dishes carefully matched to a selection of Champagnes, and will be hosted by an ambassador from Bollinger, Christian Dennis. The evening will take place in one of The Capital’s stylish private rooms, with space for up to 16 diners.

Dishes are to include Scottish scallops served with black pudding, celeriac purée, frisée and bacon chips; and a classic fillet of Mey selection beef ‘Rossini” with pommes soufflées, spinach, wild mushroom and artichoke. Dessert will be a blackberry and apple tart with warm blackberry compôte. Champagnes to be tasted include Bollinger La Grande Année 2002, Bollinger La Côte aux Enfants 2002 and Bollinger Rosé NV.
The Capital Restaurant is a stalwart of the London dining scene, having forged a reputation for the enduring high standards of its classical French and British cookery over the past four decades. Jérôme joined the restaurant in 2009 from Wiltons, and is now creating his own chapter in the restaurant’s history.

Tickets and more information are available by calling 020 7589 5171 or visiting