THE ETERNAL SOUL OF CHAMPAGNE.
Get a taste of Champagne in bygone days: a very small production from miraculously preserved and un-grafted vines, grown the traditional way.
A unique phenomenon, Vieilles Vignes Françaises is produced with grapes coming from three very small pieces of land of Grand Cru which amount to just under 0.6 hectares (1.4 acres): ‘Chaudes Terres’ in Aÿ (0.6 acres), ‘Clos St Jacques’ in Aÿ (0.5 acres) and ‘Roix Rouge’ in Bouzy (0.3 acres). These were unaffected by the phylloxera which destroyed all the Champagne vineyards at the end of the 19th century. The vineyards were then re-grafted with American rootstocks.
Les Vieilles Vignes Française miraculously escaped the devastation and therefore was not re-grafted. The continue to be planted ‘en foule’ in the historic, layered, selfpropagating method and thus perpetuate what can be called the ‘remains of the days’ of the Champagne region.
Vieilles Vignes Françaises is only produced from the cuvée. The first fermentation of the wines is done in oak casks. This ensures the development of more complex aromas and enhance the ageing potential of the wines, without imparting wood flavours.
After blending, bottling, and second fermentation, the Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2000 matured for a minimum of five years on its lees, time necessary for the aromas to fully develop. This ageing in the bottle is done under a cork stopper, which ensures a better barrier against oxidisation than a crown cap. This method, unusual in champagne, guarantees the freshness and helps the aromas to keep their bouquet and neatness.
Bollinger’s 2002 Brut Vieilles Vignes Francaises isn’t really Champagne, nor is it a wine. Rather it is an extraordinary and frankly addicting concoction all its own. Endowed with the most refined mousse imaginable and endless layers of fruit, the 2002 VVF captivates both the hedonistic and intellectual senses to the fullest. Waves of subtle red fruit, smoke, mint and incense appear to be virtually endless, but at the same time, it is the wine’s textural richness that stands out the most. With time in the glass the 2002 just gets better and better. Readers fortunate to have the discretionary income needed to purchase the 2002 VVF should not hesitate. It is a once in a lifetime treat for most mortals!
RATINGS: 94 Points - eRobertParker.com #203 Nov 2012.
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