ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING INDEPENDENT CHAMPAGNE HOUSES
The history of Bollinger Champagne began in 1829 with Athanase de Villermont, who inherited a vast family estate near Aÿ. His family had been established in the Champagne region since 1650, and since he was unable to trade because of his aristocratic status, he joined forces with Joseph Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. All three were far from imagining that their company would become one of the greatest Champagne Houses.
Under the reign of Joseph and Georges Bollinger, sons of Joseph Bollinger and Louise-Charlotte, daughter of Athanase, the House gained in notoriety and expanded the vineyard. The company managed to stay on course despite the great challenges of history, such as the phylloxera crisis and the Great War. In 1920, Jacques Bollinger, Joseph's son, became the head of the company. At only 24 years old, he faced the economic difficulties and those of the Second World War with aplomb and with the help of his family.
The arrival of Elizabeth Bollinger, Scottish born Law de Lauriston-Boubers and wife of Jacques, marked a turning point in the history of the Bollinger Champagne House. After the death of her husband, she took up the torch with passion and enthusiasm, while the war was raging. With her visionary and entrepreneurial spirit, "Madame Jacques", as she is known in the house, manages the company with a masterful hand thanks to her innate business sense. Passionate and dedicated, Lily is also a perfectionist who tolerates only excellence. She is also an innovator, creating the original Bollinger R.D. cuvée.
Since then, the teams at Bollinger have perpetuated the family heritage by respecting the soul, principles and values that made its reputation. Moreover, despite the many challenges it has had to face, the House is one of the few that is still independent and belongs to its founding family. It owes its success to the quality of its cuvées, obtained in particular through a constant search for excellence, but also to the solidity of the family ties, the strength of the House of Bollinger. In addition, the vineyard, comprising more than 170 hectares of vines, mainly in the Grands Crus and Premiers Crus, and making the family rich, constitutes another pillar of the company's development.
ONE OF THE MOST DEMANDING CHAMPAGNE HOUSES
The Bollinger House is one of the most demanding in Champagne. It is one of the few houses to produce the majority of the grapes used to make its cuvées itself. Indeed, this great house owns nearly 179 hectares of vineyards, of which more than 80% of the grapes are from Grands Crus and Premiers Crus of Champagne. The vines are spread over seven main vineyards. The vines are Pinot Noir in Aÿ, Verzenay, Louvois, Tauxières and Avenay. The House grows Chardonnay grapes in Cuis and Pinot Meunier vines in Champvoisy. In this perfectionist spirit, Bollinger is committed to sustainable viticulture, in particular by favouring the use of grass in the vineyards and greatly reducing the use of herbicides. It is also the first Champagne House to obtain the "High Environmental Value" certification, marking its desire to protect its vineyards.
Producing Champagnes with a powerful, complex and refined style, the House of Bollinger maintains a certain rigour at each stage of production, vintage after vintage. In this estate, there is no room for improvisation. Indeed, the teams are constantly seeking a form of perfection in order to produce top-of-the-range cuvées. The House shapes its identity around the Pinot Noir grape variety, which represents about 60% of the vineyard and gives complexity and power to the wines. As Champagne is an art for this House, the key is to capture the essence of each grape variety and express the uniqueness in the cuvées. In order to preserve tradition, Bollinger hand stirs and disgorges exceptional vintages. Moreover, it is the last company to have a cooperage workshop. A precious know-how that it is committed to preserving!
In order for the magic of Bollinger Champagnes to take place and to give them the refinement conferred by time, the House respects strict specifications. Among other things, it relies on a maturation period that is much longer than the AOC rules.