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'THE ETERNAL SOUL OF CHAMPAGNE'
Pinot Noir derived from two single
plots adjacent to the House in Aÿ: non-grafted vines grown in the traditional
en foule layering system and worked entirely by hand.
Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises
(VVF) continues the tradition of pre-Phylloxera viticulture and is produced
from ungrafted vines in two walled vineyards. The vines are propagated by
Marcottage (or Layering), where a small proportion of an aerial stem is trained
under the soil and grows roots whilst attached to the parent plant before
coming an independent plant in its own right.
The vines produce extremely small
yields which enable the grapes to reach extraordinarily high maturity, sign of
a fine wine. Vieilles Vignes Francaises will create an unforgettable memory for
those privileged enough to taste the wines. The unique qualities of the Vieille
Vignes Francaises further expresses the philosophy of the Bollinger House and
wines. They are a memory and a symbol.
A total of
1,416 numbered bottles of the 2010 Vieilles Vignes Françaises vintage were
Vieilles Vignes Francaises 2010 is a
100% Pinot Noir Grand cru (Blanc de Noirs). Exclusive use of the cuvee.
Fermented entirely in barrels.
Bollinger, only the highest quality harvests become a vintage: in 2010, the Vieilles
Vignes Françaises were harvested on 15 September and produced a superb Pinot
After bottling, the second fermentation
and cellar ageing are conducted under natural cork in order to protect them
from oxidation and preserve their freshness as well as the bouquet and clarity
of their aromas.
Cellar aged for more than twice the
time required by the appellation. Sealed with a natural cork whilst ageing.
After manual riddling and disgorging,
Vieilles Vignes Francaises receives a low dosage (4 g/l) and then rests for a
minimum of 3 months prior to shipment, time for the wine to assimilate the
dosage and settle.
To the eye,
a deep golden colour. On the nose, the wine opens with roasted aromas (nutty
and toasty), accompanied by subtle hard candy and honey notes. It then develops
aromas of Mirabelle plum and peach, with tarte tatin caramelised apple notes.
palate: Flavours are pronounced, and have characteristic smoothness and depth.
The wine has a remarkable length; flavours linger impressively in the mouth,
producing wonderful candied and stewed fruit notes.
White caviar, Alba truffle.
Vignes Françaises 2010 can be paired with the finest dishes but can also help
create a special occasion on its own; wine connoisseurs will share it
thoughtfully, enjoying the opportunity to try its rare unmatched flavours, if only
appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, it is best to serve Vieilles
Vignes Françaises 2010 between 8 and 10°C.
enjoy Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2010 right away, or choose to age it in your
In the early 20th century, the vines of
Champagne were destroyed by phylloxera. In order to fight the devastating
insect, everything had to be replanted using American rootstock. Everything,
except two Bollinger plots in Aÿ classified as Grand cru which remained
untouched: Chaudes Terres and Clos St Jacques.
To this day, these two plots are grown
the traditional way, following the 'provignage' method, worked by hand and even
sometimes with the help of a cart-horse. Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises
is a symbol of a bygone era: an extraordinary and moving legacy.