In the early 20th century, the vines of Champagne were destroyed by phylloxera. In order to fight the devastating insect, everything had to be replanted using American rootstock. Everything, except two Bollinger plots in Aÿ classified as Grand cru which remained untouched: Chaudes Terres and Clos St Jacques. To this day, these two plots are grown the traditional way, following the ‘provignage’ method, worked by hand and even sometimes with the help of a cart-horse. Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises is a symbol of a bygone era: an extraordinary and moving legacy.
A total of 1,416 numbered bottles of the 2010 Vieilles Vignes Françaises vintage were produced.
BLEND OF THE 2010 VINTAGE: 100% Pinot Noir Grand cru (Blanc de Noirs). At Bollinger, only the highest quality harvests become a vintage: In 2010, the Vieilles Vignes Françaises parcels were harvested on 15 September and produced a superb Pinot Noir.
MATURATION: Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation
DOSAGE: Low, 4 grams per liter.
TO THE EYE: A deep golden colour.
TO THE NOSE: The wine opens with roasted aromas (nutty and toasty), accompanied by subtle hard candy and honey notes. It then develops aromas of Mirabelle plum and peach, with tarte tatin caramelised apple notes.
TO THE PALATE: Flavours are pronounced, and have characteristic smoothness and depth.
The wine has a remarkable length; flavours linger impressively in the mouth, producing wonderful candied and stewed fruit notes.
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 working days for your delivery to arrive.