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  • Country ranking ?

    505
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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This rich and warming wine developed its deep golden color after the long period of maturation in cellars more than twice the time required by the appellation.

Aromas of Vielles Vignes Françaises are extraordinary showing up the flavors of honey and spice bread flavors with hints of candied citrus, quince, dried fruits such as mango and papaya as well as ginger.

Veilles Vignes Françaises can be appreciated more by wine drinkers when serv...

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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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Wine Information

With similar weather characteristics to the now-legendary 2002, the 2006 vintage was overall very hot and dry. Vines grew in fits and starts with a heatwave during July succeeded by a cool and humid August. The ultimate factor was the summery September weather, which assisted the grapes in developing much more maturity than usual. As a result, the harvest was the longest on record.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Aÿ: Cha...

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Vintage 2006

A cold winter and springtime frosts laid the foundations for this vintage of abundant yields (12,997 kg/ha). Uneventful flowering was followed by exceptionally hot and sunny weather, which lasted until August. A dank August left producers fearful but fortunately warm, bright conditions in September redressed the balance. Harvest commenced on September 9th, producing grapes high in sugar level but notably low on acidity. The general health of t...

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An exceptional and awesome wine drank on the most beautiful place in the world during my work with the book Champagne Hiking. The Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.

  • 98p

Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2006 can be paired with the finest dishes but can also help create a special occasion on its own; wine connoisseurs will share it solemnly, enjoying the opportunity to try its rare unmatched flavours, if only once... To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, it is best to serve Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2006 between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2006 right away, or choose to age it in your cellar.

  • 95p
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Origin

Ay, Champagne

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