THE START OF A NEW ADVENTURE

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"We must cultivate London, which is a huge market. Our wines are well suited to the English taste and I will not rest until we have established good relations with London."

In 1833, Jacques Bollinger, who was travelling throughout Europe to introduce his wines, wrote to his partner Paul Renaudin of his intention to establish the firm in the United Kingdom. 

He would have to wait over twenty-five years before finding his man. In 1858, Ludwig Mentzendorff, a German wine shipper recently arrived in London, wrote to his compatriot Jacques Bollinger. The two became firm friends, establishing a relationship that their successors maintained and developed over the years, and which remains strong 150 years later: it was the beginning of Bollinger's great British adventure, to become the most English of champagnes…