The Bollinger champagne house in Aÿ has already been famous for her elegant and characterized champagnes since 1829. Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble aristocratic family, inherited the extensive estate in Aÿ and founded the champagne house here together with the German salesman Joseph Bollinger and the... Lees verder
The Bollinger champagne house in Aÿ has already been famous for her elegant and characterized champagnes since 1829. Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble aristocratic family, inherited the extensive estate in Aÿ and founded the champagne house here together with the German salesman Joseph Bollinger and the local wine lover Paul Renaudin. Joseph Bollinger married Louise-Charlotte, daughter of Athanase, in 1837. In 1920 Jacques Bollinger, the grandson of Joseph, guided the house through its difficult years and also became Mayor of Aÿ. The widow of Jacques, Madame Elisabeth Bollinger, became just as passionate about champagne as the rest of the family and always strived for perfection and outstanding quality. She was always ready to innovate, and was the driving force behind the highly original Bollinger R.D. cuvée.
The House today and tomorrow
In 2008, for the first time in its history, the House placed its future into the care of a Chairman who was not a family member. Their choice fell on Jérôme Philipon, originally from the Champagne region, who had led an impressive career with large industrial groups and brought Bollinger even to a higher level in terms of quality and management. The Bollinger vineyard covers 165 hectares, most of which are classified Grand Cru (85%) or Premier Cru, spread over seven main vineyards: Aÿ, Avenay, Tauxières, Louvois et Verzenay are planted with Pinot Noir, Cuis with Chardonnay and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Pinot Noir predominates (60%) and gives the intense Bollinger character to the wines. Bollinger is one of a very few champagne Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends.
The House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement and owns more than 700.000 reserve magnums in their cellars! The best crus are vinified in small wooden casks. Every step in the winemaking process is extremely secure and precisely taken care of to deliver each year remarkable and characterized luxury wines and special vintage cuvées only in the best years with the perfect balance between sugar and acids like La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rosé. The final steps like riddling and disgorging of all vintage wines, with their natural cork stoppers, is still carried out by hand. The House has always striven to keep the natural balance of its wines and adds very little extra sugar.