We often hear that the House of Bollinger incarnates a style. Most certainly, Bollinger proposes to great wine-lovers something different and unique in Champagne. This specific style is bound to a family history that, for generations, chose to stay close to its land while ensuring it developed its international reputation. In times of the merging of businesses, the House of Bollinger remains faithful to this tradition. It is one of the last family and independent houses of the Champagne trade and it intends to continue that way. Heirs of the style, the members of the present management clearly asserted their wish to ensure the continuity of the Bollinger style in a charter of ethics and quality.
Absolutely unique in Champagne, Bollinger “Vieilles Vignes Françaises” is the living relic of what champagne was a century ago before phylloxera destroyed the vineyards of France. Mysteriously, in Aÿ and Bouzy, a few plots of ungrafted vines resisted the American louse. The Bollinger family decided to preserve these vineyards. The Vieilles Vignes Françaises are planted en foule (i.e. layered) and cultivated manually with traditional tools and according to ancient methods. These methods – which are costly and generate low yields – allow the grapes to reach a more complete maturity whilst maintaining a low pH (high aridity), characteristic of a great champagne. Composed of 100% Pinot Noir and only produced in vintage years, Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises is always a huge wine.