Bollinger `Vielles Vignes Francaises` 1999 (3 x 750mL) Champagne, France.

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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).

Winemaking Notes

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.

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Winery Profile

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Family owned and controlled, Bollinger is dedicated to producing a consistent and distinctive style of Champagne. Bollinger’s wines are predicated by their unique vineyards: rich, assertive and with great power yet always with finesse.

To reinforce its commitment to style and quality, Bollinger launched its Charter of Ethics and Quality in 1992 (reinforced by its Ten Commitments), which guarantees the continuity of the policy of the House for the years to come.

In 2006 the prestigious French wine magazine La Revue du Vin de France surveyed the most significant group of sommeliers and wine writers for them to nominate the top 50 Champagne Houses which would be regarded as the most responsible for the greatness of Champagne as a unique wine region. Bollinger was selected as the number one House by this group.

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