The Bollinger story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family with a brilliant destiny. A great soldier who shone during the American War of Independence, he inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ area. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in trade. Not to be deterred, his chance meeting with Joseph Bollinger and Paul Raudin soon saw the formation of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie on the 6th February 1829.
The Bollinger champagne House have created prestigious champagnes with character, distinguished by their elegance and complexity, since 1829. These outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail, for Bollinger accepts nothing less than excellence. Each and every detail represents a quest for a certain form of perfection. This uncompromisingly independent spirit, dedicated to unostentatious achievement, exemplifies the inimitable elegance for which the Champagne region is renowned and which has so impressed the Court of England that the House has been awarded the Royal Warrant since 1884.
In 1920 Jacques Bollinger, son of Georges, found himself at the helm. He guided the House with great wisdom through the difficult years of recession and the Second World War, and as Mayor of Aÿ he was committed to protecting his village. Then after the death of her husband at the height of war, it was time for Elizabeth Bollinger, or as she was known, “Madame Jacques” to shape the destiny of the house. A formidable strategist, cheerful and witty, this dauntless businesswoman always ready to innovate and was the driving force behind the highly original Bollinger R.D. cuvee.
The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru, and the House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement. This is not out of vanity, but because they believe a great wine needs the luxury of time to develop its full character. Steeped in legacy, the house’s production secrets are one of the best kept int he region, adding to their mystery and using these ancestral techniques they had riddle, natural cork and perpetuate ancient skills and handed down crafts. Bollinger was the first champagne house to obtain the highly respected Patrimoine Vivant (living heritage) seal of quality which recompenses exceptional craftsmanship and skill.
Bollinger wines include:
- Special Cuvee
- La Grande Annee 2005
- La Grande Annee Rose 2005
- Bollinger R.D. 2002
- Vielles Vignes Francaises 2005
- La Cote Aux Enfants 2012
For more information and tasting notes visit the Bollinger website.