Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises 2006 Champagne

Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises
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Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises 2006 - 75cl Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises 2006 - 75cl   £595.00
Champagne Bollinger Overview
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In the early 20th century, almost all of the vines of Champagne were destroyed by phylloxera - a microscopic insect that feeds on the roots and leaves of grapevines. As a result, everything in the region had to be replanted using American rootstock to fight the devastating bug. Everything except two Bollinger plots classified as Grands Crus: Chaudes Terres and Clos St-Jacques in Aÿ. Both plots are incredibly small: a total size of 0.36 hectares and are now the sole contributors to Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises. Until recently, this exclusive cuvée was produced from three small plots including Croix Rouge, however this plot was lost to the phylloxera. The Chaudes Terres and Clos St-Jacques vineyards are grown the traditional way following the provignage method, working the plot by hand and even sometimes with the help of a cart-horse.

Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises has only been created as an individual cuvée since 1970 and is a symbol of a bygone era: a reminiscent, extraordinary and moving legacy. Just 3,300 numbered bottles of Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2006 were produced.

Weather: 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: Chaudes Terres & Clos St-Jacques
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 4 g/l
Drink: 2016-2030

Tasting Note: This displays a deep gold colour with a fine stream of bubbles. On the nose, powerful aromatics are dominated by honey and spicy bread notes that lead to a palate full of candied citrus, dried exotic fruits and ginger. This champagne has a wonderfully unique balance and consistency.
Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises
Bought directly from Bollinger through their UK agent Mentzendorff, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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