The Bollinger Diaries: Part I

April 21st 2016 Bollinger

There was a knock on the door. A dark silhouette filled its frame.

“Hello, love, you Rebecca Gibb?” Well, I am.

“Got a delivery for you: 49 bottles of Bollinger?” If only this could happen every Tuesday morning.

So in came the boxes. It turns out that if you’re a mega swot and become a Master of Wine you’re in the running for one of the prizes at the annual graduation. The Madame Bollinger medal is awarded to ‘outstanding achievement’ in the tasting papers. I almost fell off my chair when my name was called. The prize is 49 bottles of Bollinger. 49? Yes, seems a strange amount doesn’t it? But that’s eight six-bottle cases made up of its various cuvees plus one lovely but lonely bottle of Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2005 making it 49.

It’s been a long hard road becoming a Master of Wine so I’m going to enjoy every drop with friends, fellow students and family that I haven’t seen while I’ve been locked up studying. And I’m going to record every bottle with a picture.

The first bottle was consumed over dinner with friends I’ve known since school: Iain and Rachel Willis. After their youngest son’s second birthday party – and once our ankle biters were in bed – this was our treat. Ferrero Rochers may also have followed; like the ambassador, I was really spoiling them.

This is the first instalment in the Bollinger diaries and you can follow the photographic journey on my twitter or Instagram feed. It might take a while but I will drink them all. I may need some help? Who’s in?

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  • Alistar Harris - Reply

    23 August, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I am in – to help you drink your stash of Bollinger, of course. Although, I may be a little late in replying to this post? Congratulations on your becoming a MW!

  • meslin - Reply

    2 October, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I wish I had a glass of Bolliger to share with you following the score you gave to Laroze 2015 and its Cab Franc.
    I just realised it was the best score of the group: 18/20!
    I am so happy.
    Guy Meslin

    • Rebecca Gibb - Reply

      6 October, 2016 at 12:33 am

      It was delicious and I am looking forward to receiving the case that I bought when it arrives in the UK. I look forward to tasting 2016!

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