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History

Jacques Joseph Bollinger founded Champagne Bollinger in 1829 with vineyards that have produced Champagne since the 17 th century. Jacques Joseph immediately began building a lucrative export business with dry Champagne that gained a worldwide reputation for its signature style.

 

The founding Bollinger died in 1888, and his sons—Georges and Joseph—took the reins. They acquired vineyards in the villages of Louvois, Bouzy, and Verzenay all while expanding exports. When Georges died in 1918, his son Jacques, a distinguished French Air Force pilot in WWI, took the helm. Jacques purchased vineyards and cellars, substantially expanding Champagne Bollinger’s capacity.

 

Jacques died in 1941, in the midst of the German occupation. His wife Lily saw the winery through the difficulties of war, which included nearly catastrophic bombing and severe shortages of fertilizer and fuel. After the war, Champagne Bollinger thrived under her leadership, and Lily became an ambassador for Champagne Bollinger and Champagne in general. Her words on the subject are still widely quoted:

I drink my Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.”

 

Since 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.

 

With the Bollinger family's support, Jérôme Philipon has extended his predecessor's program of modernization and investment. With him, the House has continued to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies for the future development of the brand, both in terms of quality and commercial growth.

 

 

The relationship between Bollinger and the British secret agent goes back to the years when the latter was an exclusively literary hero. Champagne produced by the Aÿ-based House appeared in 1956 in Ian Fleming’s fourth Bond novel, Diamonds are Forever. In 1973, as 007 pursued his adventures on the silver screen, the relationship reached a crucial turning point: Christian Bizot, Bollinger’s Chairman, met Albert R. Broccoli, producer of the James Bond saga.

 

It was the start of a strong friendship between the two families, which was to seal the legendary association between Her Majesty’s secret agent and the champagne to which Queen Elizabeth awarded her Royal Warrant. For 007 and Bollinger, which has featured in Bond films since Live and Let Die, share a certain number of values: a passion for excellence, a sense of refinement, and consummate elegance.

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Vineyards

1650: The Hennequin de Villermont family settles in Champagne.

1829Jacques Joseph Placide Bollinger (1803-1888) partners with a de Villermont descendant and Paul Renaudin to form the Renaudin Bollinger company.

1837: Jacques marries de Villermont's daughter Charlotte. They have one daughter, Marie, and two sons, Joseph and Georges.

1870: Jacques exports his first shipment to the U.S.

1884: Georges is awarded the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria

1888Georges and Joseph Bollinger take over the business on Jacques death, and acquire vineyards in Louvois, Bouzy, and Verzenay.

1901: Georges is awarded the Royal Warrant from King Edward VII.

1911: Because Bollinger used its own grapes, the house is spared during the Ay Riots when many Champagne houses are burned for importing grapes from outside Champagne.

1918: Georges dies and his son Jacques (1893-1941), takes over, following a career in the French Air Force.

1936: Jacques purchases vineyards in Tauxieres as well as the Duminy house and cellars.

1941: When Jacques Bollinger dies during the Nazi occupation of Champagne, Elizabeth ‘Lily’ Law de Lauriston Boubers (1899-1977), takes over.

1944: Bollinger's properties are heavily damaged by Allied bombardments to destroy German munitions, but General Patton's U.S. Third Army stops the retreating German army from dynamiting Bollinger's cellars.

1950: Lily is awarded the Royal Warrant from George VI and the Queen Mother.

1955: Lily is awarded the Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II.

1971: Claude d’Hautefeuille (1913-2000), son-in-law of Lily’s sister, becomes president.

1975: Bollinger introduces its pre-phylloxera ungrafted vineyard with the 1969 vintage, naming it Vieilles Vignes Françaises.

1978Christian Bizot (1928-2002), son of Lily’s youngest sister becomes president.

1993Ghislain de Montgolfier (1943-), great-grandson of Jacques Joseph Bollinger, and nephew of Jacques and Lily, becomes Bollinger’s seventh president.

2001: Bollinger opens its first Bollinger Bar, in the Le Meridien in Grosvenor House on Park Lane in London .

2005: Etienne Bizot, great-nephew of Lily Bollinger and the sixth generation of the family to be involved in Champagne Bollinger, was named Managing Director

2005: Bollinger names Terlato Wines International its exclusive U.S. marketer.

2008: Jérôme Philipon, a Champagne native, is the first president to be chosen who is not a family member. He continues to preserve the traditional expertise of the Bollinger House with support from the Bollinger family.

 

 

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Winemaking

In 1992, Christian Bizot, nephew of Madame “Lily” Bollinger wrote “Bollinger Charter of Ethics and Quality.” These quality standards have since been edited into Bollinger’s “Ten Commitments” – written proof of the family’s passionate commitment to producing the finest Champagne, now and in the future.

 

Representing the governing principals of the House.

  1. Bollinger produces all of its wines.
  2. Bollinger guarantees consistency in the style of its wines through large vineyard ownership.
  3. Bollinger favors Grands and Premiers Crus.
  4. Bollinger uses primarily Pinot Noir as the base of its blends.
  5. Bollinger uses only the Cuvée in its wine production.
  6. Bollinger carries out the first fermentation of its wines in oak barrels.
  7. Bollinger keeps its reserve wines in magnums.
  8. Bollinger allows for a very long maturation time.
  9. Bollinger ages its reserve wines La Grand Année and R.D. under traditional cork.
  10. Bollinger implements a very low dosage.
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Winemaking since 1829

  • Elizabeth ‘Lily’ Law de Lauriston Boubers

    "I drink my Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.”

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  37 wines 

Champagne Magazines annual the Best 100 Champagnes 2017 tasting - Day 4 with new vintages from Dom Pérignon, Cuvée Winston Churchill, Armand de Brignac, Charles Heidsieck etc.

1d 11h ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  37 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes 2017 - tasting started with Rosé Champages.

21d 4h ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  40 wines 

The 100 Best Champagnes 2017 -tasting, Day I - Rosé Champagnes. This was a beautifull start - and amazingly not a single one corked wine, only very drinkable Rosés.


No more than 600 Champagnes more to taste until we will have the complete 2017 100-list.

1m 5d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  21 wines 

2015 Bouchard Montrachet / Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fruity. Minerals, vanilla, spices, detailed, transparent yet fuller nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity, detailed, playful, rounded, fresh apples, spices, layered, stunning length, superb balance. 98p

1m 10d ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  16 wines 

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3m 9d ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  17 wines 

1995 Signature Rosé Jacquesson.  Delicate and pale orange-hued colour. Vinous and attractively spicy nose with red berry aromas and light autolytic influence. The mouthfeel is exterely round and velvety, packed with elegant fruitiness and layers of aromas. The rich body is refreshed by a firm acidic backbone that contius equalyyt long with the wine’s persistent aftertaste. Elegant, harmonius and ripely fruity rosé champagne that is very enjoyable today but will develop harmoniously for another decade.

4m 5d ago

 Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  6 wines 

Louis Roederer Cristal 1996 (Magnum) Absolutely stunning nose of great complexity, enticement and elegance which evolved beautifully in the glass.  Still lean and elegant as you would expect from the vintage. Immensely satisfying with plenty of time to go although it is difficult to imagine how it can continue to improve.  For once a Cristal that exceeds expectations!. Impressive.  The bottles tasted were also excellent.  19.5

4m 6d ago

 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Many prestige champagnes debuted in 1959 vintage, for example, Dom Ruinart and Pol Roger Blanc de Chardonnay. A large harvest of champagnes, that often ended up above 13 percent alcohol because of the extremely hot summer. The wines have proven to be very sustainable, despite the low acid. Power and concentration are great regardless if the wines are dominated by Chardonnay or pinot noir. A wonderful champagne year in its style!

5m 9d ago

 Paulius Gruodis, Pro (Lithuania)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  14 wines 

This is not very frequent that in a single champagne tasting you are being offered some rare and old champagnes many of which score some bold 97-99 points. Certainly, it will not be surprising for anyone to assume this is due to the fact that these particular bottles were either oenothèque versions (late-disgorged having spent many years extra in the cellar) or with a perfect provenance. Otherwise I do not have any other explanation for huge scores I gave last weekend, especially, given that I had tried many of them on different occasions from bottles with original disgorgement. And what a difference if compared! This was a special tasting not only because of the above-mentioned features but also the content of the line-up itself. Top performers of the night were 1979 Pierre Peters Les Chétillons, 1990 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises, 1973 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Selosse trio from 1990 (50%), 1989 (25%) and 1988 (25%) as well as another trio by Anselme from 1998 (50%), 1997 (25%) and 1996 (25%), 1988 Franck Bonville Avize Grand Cru, 1985 Magnum Pommery Flacon d'Exception. To capture the great moment we have finished with 1870 Ingham Whitaker & Co. Marsala Superiore Riserva. Delicious indeed.

5m 18d ago

 Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Pierre Peters ‘Les Chetillons’ Blanc de Blancs 2008, 99 points /Nervously close to perfect.  I can’t think of a thing I would add or take away to this complete wine.  It is walking on a tightrope of acidity, tension, expansive minerality and restrained fruit.  There is finesse and power here at once. Devastatingly, my one and only bottle.  But worth it.  INCREDIBLE.

5m 20d ago

 Hannu Kytölä, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Large Gaja vertical tasting from 1961 to 2013.

5m 22d ago

 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bollinger . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Sunday dinner with DRC Montrachet 1990, Mouton-Rothschild 1982 and 1986 etc.

5m 24d ago

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