A unique phenomenon, Vieilles Vignes Françaises is produced with grapes coming from three very small pieces of land of Grand Cru which amount to just under 0.6 hectares.
These were unaffected by the phylloxera, which destroyed all the Champagne vineyard at the end of the 19th century. The vineyards were then re-grafted with American rootstocks.
"Vieilles Vignes Française" miraculously escaped the devastation and therefore were not re-grafted. They continue to be planted "en foule", in the historic, layered self-propagating method and thus perpetuate what can be called the "Remains of the days" of the Champagne region....
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Winery Tasting Notes
Origin of the grapes
Vieilles Vignes Françaises is a Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir) and produced with grapes coming from 3 small pieces of land of Grand Cru:Chaudes Terres"(0.6 acre), "Clos St-Jacques"(0.5 acre)" in Aÿ and "Corix Rouge" in Bouzy (0.3 acre).
Vieilles Vignes Françaises is exclusively produced with the wines from the "cuvée" juice. Vieilles Vignes Françaises is always 100% carried out in oak barrels, which has become quite unique in Champagne. The Crus are fermented in small oak barrels, which enables a rigorous selection. Bollinger only uses old barrels ( 5 years and more), in order to generate neither an oaky taste nor tannins.
Once the wine is bottled, the carbonic fermentation and cellar ageing are conducted under natural cork. Vieilles Vignes Françaises ages in the cellars for at least 6 years.
After manual disgorgement, Vieilles Vignes Françaises benefits from a low dosage (7 to 9 G/L) and hten rests for aminimum of 3 months prior to shipment. This is the necessary time for the wine to digest completely the "liqueur d'expédition" (dosage) and to recover for a perfect balance.