A visit at Champagne Bollinger

Champagne is something truly unique in many ways. There’s an aura and mood surrounding this name that is both precise and mysterious at the same time. It’s a mythic and exciting product that reached impressive distinction and status. This prominence has affected the appellation but also brands in a more specific ways. The truth is behind its unique character, the champagne hides a mosaic of micro-terroirs, a vast array of definite styles and overall a multifaceted personality. What is the true differentiation between a bottle and another? What is the authentic spirit and world of each of the prestigious houses?

Champagne Bollinger is often associated with glamour, celebrity and class. Partially because of the hype around its long-term relationship and exclusivity with James Bond, but also the events and general marketing approach. It is a celebrity Champagne filled with character without any doubts. But besides these star relationship and prestigious fans, Bollinger also has its very own history and style defined both by its legacy, its founder and own singularities. From the Bollinger dynasty, Madame Elizabeth Bollinger, and the image of her cycling through the vineyards is a proper descriptive for the house’s story. This strong businesswoman, witty and cheerful, was the character pushing toward innovation such as the original R.D. cuvée but also the reason the house was so late to create their own Rosé cuvée.

With a backbone made of Pinot Noir and a specific style preserved by their exceptional reserve wines collection, in magnums please, and of course, the revealed and outspoken use of wood, the Bollinger style is incredibly bold. Professions and savoir-faire are so important to Bollinger that an on-site Tonnelier workshop ensures the maintenance of the precious barrels. Full-time riddlers are in charge of part of the production in a traditional way. It’s a classical approach with a memory of time and method. Wherever ancestral techniques have proved to guarantee the highest quality, they are preserved however challenging this choice might prove from natural corks to the very particular Non-grafted vines grown in the traditional en foule layering system of les Vieilles Vignes Françaises.