Learn about the beautiful Grand and Premier Cru vineyards of Bollinger Champagne
The Bollinger vineyards are located over 165 hectares in Northern France, and they produce genuine champagne from the champagne region. The majority of these vineyards are classified as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, meaning that they are known for producing grapes and therefore champagne which is of the highest quality. Bollinger's vineyards in Aÿ, Avenay, Tauxières, Louvois and Verzenay produce Pinot Noir grapes, while the other grapes which are required for champagne are grown elsewhere: Chardonnay in Cuis and Pinot Meunier in Champvoisy.
One of the unusual features of the Bollinger vineyards is that it has two plots - the Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres - which were never infected with phylloxera. Phylloxera is a disease which raced across vineyards in the Champagne region at the start of the 20th century, destroying huge numbers of vines. The Bollinger vineyards are almost unique in having been spared from this disease, and these plots have grown grapes uninterrupted for more than 100 years.
Bollinger Champagne uses reserve wines to blend the perfect vintage champagnes
Most of the champagne grapes grown by Bollinger are Pinot Noir; a bold and solid grape which is the backbone of the Bollinger style. When it comes time to blend the vintage champagne each year, Bollinger ensure that their signature house style is maintained through the use of reserve wines. This refers to high quality bottles from previous years which are kept aside to blend with newer champagnes. Bollinger has a cellar with more than 700,000 magnums of reserve champagne, which is one of the largest collections of any champagne producer in the world.
Bollinger Champagnes include a range of styles to suit every palate - from the crisp, clear single vintages, to fresh and fruity rosés, and celebration wines for exceptional years like the La Grande Année 2005. There are also special editions of champagnes for various events, like the release of the James Bond film, Spectre, for which Bollinger put out a range of champagnes and accessories like a specially designed champagne cool box, or a beautiful crystal cooler which is big enough to fit a whole magnum of champagne.
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