- Presentation of the winery
Bollinger house was founded in 1829 under Bollinger-Renaudin name, through the association of Athanasius Emmanuel Louis Hennequin, Count of Villermont with Jacques Joseph Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Jacques Joseph Bollinger married Athanase Hennequin's daughter, and his two sons succeeded him in the management of the estate, extending the vineyards and developing Bollinger's reputation.
The transmission of the family estate is marked by some major figures, like Elizabeth "Lily" Bollinger, who will help to modernize the area and its reputation.
Jérôme Philippon, first manager not being a member of the family, runs the house since 2008. With the support of the family, he continues plans for modernization and development initiated by his predecessors.
- Presentation of the vineyard
Bollinger has a vineyard of 164 hectares (including 50 hectares of Grands Crus and 80 hectares of Premiers Crus), which can cover nearly two-thirds of the needs of grapes for winemaking.
The Special Cuvée, stemming mainly from Grands Crus and Premiers Crus, represents the style and excellence of Bollinger.
La Grande Année is only made from grapes of the year, and benefits from a prolonged aging in the cellar before marketing.
R. D. for vintage Recently Disgorged was developed by Bollinger, on the impulse of Lilly Bollinger: This is a Great Year, matured in cellars for 8-25 years and disgorged later, providing preserved freshness and flavor.
The Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Françaises is made of pre-phylloxera vines, from 3 parcels : the Chaudes Terres and Clos St. Jacques in Aÿ, and Croix Rouge in Bouzy. It is made exclusively of Pinot Noir, and is produced using traditional methods.
Golden colored with exceptionally fine bubbles, the Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2004 vintage reveals the taste of vintage Bollinger champagne as: a deep nose, aromatic notes, and the power and vinosity signing the brand.
Only 3886 bottles, all numbered, were produced for the 2004 vintage.