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.
The 2000 Brut Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Francaises emerges from the glass with an elegant, refined mousse that is captivating. Sweet, perfumed and layered, the 2000 VVF shows off superb grace and a long, vibrant finish. This is an especially elegant and understated version of this Champagne. My preference is to drink VVF before age 20. Bollinger’s VVF is one of Champagne’s rarest and most iconic wines. Just a few thousand bottles are made each year from Pinot Noir grafted onto pre-phylloxera rootstocks in Ay and Bouzy.
ESSI AVELLAN MW TASTING NOTES: There is charm in this beautiful, really deep and inviting wine. Soft, beautifully toast-lined, coffee and cream, patisserie, honey and spicy nose. There is only a mild dissonance of the lightest mushroomy note deducting from its appeal. Full, rich and overt palate with a smooth texture and a fine supporting acidity. Pleasurable today with mid-term ageing capacity.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.