Front Runners December 2015: License to Chill

  • Photo by Ted Morrison
    The 186-year-old Champagne house has released the Bollinger Spectre Crystal Set in honor of Spectre, the 14th Bond film to feature its bottlings. Photo by Ted Morrison

In GoldenEye, as James Bond speeds his Aston Martin DB5 along a mountain road, he suddenly screeches to a halt and flips open the car’s console, revealing to his companion a hidden cooler containing a Champagne flute and an iced bottle of 1988 Bollinger.

A select few of us can also chill out with a magnum of 007’s vintage of choice—free from the encumbrances of trained assassins. In honor of Spectre, the 14th Bond film to feature its bottlings,the 186-year-old Champagne house has released the Bollinger Spectre Crystal Set ($9,500, champagne-bollinger.com). This limited edition of only 307 examples pairs a magnum of Bollinger’s 1988 R.D. Extra Brut with a two-piece crystal ice bucket designed by Eric Berthés for the Saint-Louis crystal manufacturer of Lorraine, France. The bucket’s etched lines culminate in a base shaped like the film franchise’s signature gun muzzle, and the top is capped with Spectre’s sinister octopus symbol.  

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