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  • Country ranking ?

    866
  • Producer ranking ?

    44
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

Destroyed at the dawn of the 20th century by the infamous phylloxera vastatrix, all the Champagne region’s vines had to be replanted with American rootstocks that were resistant to the destructive insect.

All of them? Not quite... In Aÿ, two Bollinger plots classified Grand cru, the “Chaudes Terres” and “Clos St Jacques”, were miraculously spared by the phylloxera. From these vines cultivated using traditional methods, planted “en foule” (w...

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Light and Green-Yellow

ending

Long, Smooth and Gentle

nose

Intense and Fresh

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Focused and Silky

Verdict

nice but not special and Masterpiece

Written Notes

Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises 1992. It has been many years since I last saw any vintage of this wine – on a visit to the house as it happens. It is a blanc de noirs, 100 percent Pinot Noir, and widely considered the greatest version of that style in the world (Krug may wish to dispute that with its Clos des Ambonnay). It is made from two tiny patches of ungrafted vines in Aÿ. Curtis only gives the vintage two stars, but he talks very favorably about it. I suspect that many houses did not declare 1992 as we had just seen the amazing trio of 1988, 1989, and 1990, so the houses were not short of vintage releases. Richard Juhlin is a fan of this wine, giving it 97, which was the same for me. Rich and complex, it has fabulous depth and length. What a privilege.

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Origin

Ay, Champagne

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